Vail bar cited for health order violation
A manager at Vail’s Bridge Street Bar has been cited for violating public health orders regarding bar and restaurant occupancy.
The Avon resident, 43, on Dec. 12 was issued a criminal summons for violation of a public health order. It is alleged that Schoenbein oversaw operations when the bar exceeded patron capacity limits of 25% as established in the Eagle County Public Health Order. Occupancy limits are intended to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The alleged violation was brought to the attention of a Vail police officer, who observed a large group of people near the bar at 3 a.m. Review of video footage confirmed that approximately 80 patrons left the bar at closing. Normal maximum capacity for the bar is 158 people. Under current restrictions, no more than 40 people are permitted inside at one time.
Violation of a public health order constitutes a class one misdemeanor punishable by up to six-months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Eagle County’s COVID-19 risk level as of Dec. 12 was, and remains at, the orange, high-risk level. Statewide public health and local public health orders restrict restaurants and bars in counties at the orange level to indoor occupancy of 25% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people, excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.
The man is scheduled to be arraigned on charges in Eagle County Court on March 17.
As of December 17, 2020 Eagle, County has 3,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a total of 14 deaths of those infected.
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