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Restaurant And Bar Tent Adds Three Walls Too Many For Health Department Officials

Costs the establishment its liquor licence

A Plymouth bar and restaurant had its liquor license revoked when local health department officials deemed the outdoor tent it had constructed violated state health department COVID-19 regulations.

State orders mandate that outdoor tents for dining service that have a roof must have three sides of the tent area open, without walls.

Plymouth ROC Restaurant’s outdoor tent was completely enclosed.

According to the state, three different government entities visited the restaurant six different times between Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

On Dec. 3, a member of the Wayne County Health Department told restaurant managers that it must remove the roof of the tent and one of the walls. The restaurant was allowed to keep two of the tent walls as wind breakers.

The restaurant agreed to make the changes but never followed through, according to the state of Michigan.

The Plymouth Police Department and the Community Development Director for the city of Plymouth visited the bar numerous times and observed people drinking and eating in the enclosed tent in violation of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

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