ALBANY – The liquor license of The New Elbo Room in Albany has been suspended over “egregious” coronavirus regulation violations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
The establishment was among 19 bars statewide to see its license suspended Monday after recent compliance checks. It was the only bar in the Capital Region to see its license pulled.
Investigators with the state multi-agency task force visited the establishment at 170 Delaware Ave. Thursday for an undisclosed compliance check, a release read.
Upon arrival, the investigators found the bar “crowded with patrons mingling, drinking and walking around the premises without facial coverings,” the release read.
Investigators also saw numerous patrons being sold alcohol without food and the bartender informed investigators they only needed to purchase chips with alcohol.
Investigators observed patrons playing pool and saw several patrons leave with alcoholic beverages without food.
“At no time during the inspection did investigators observe employees ask patrons to be seated, wear masks, not to stand and drink at the bar, or maintain social distancing,” the release read.
The task force completed more than 3,000 compliance checks statewide over the weekend and found violations at 106. The found the “egregious” violations at the 19.
“We continue to see situations that are just not intelligent and local governments have to crack down on these, whether they’re in New York City or Long Island or upstate New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Bars and restaurants that continue to act irresponsibly are disrespectful, engaging in illegal behavior, and not only violating public health, but they are violating common decency. Protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers remains our number one priority, and we will continue to take aggressive enforcement actions against businesses that violate the law.”