Three central Iowa taverns cited for violating the governor’s orders

    The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has settled five more cases against Iowa taverns for alleged violations of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 mitigation proclamations. (Creative Commons photo via Pxhere)

    The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has filed three new complaints against Iowa taverns for alleged violations of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 mitigation proclamations.

    The new complaints allege the businesses didn’t comply with at least one of the specific COVID-19 mitigation measures ordered by the governor. They include:

    Beer Can Alley / The Exchange, Des Moines: The business is alleged to have violated the governor’s orders on Oct. 31 by failing to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to ensure booths were of sufficient height to fully separate seated customers; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than 6 feet; and failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages.

    American Outlaws, Des Moines: The business is alleged to have violated the governor’s orders on Oct. 31 by failing to ensure at least  feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than 6 feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.

    Whiskey River, Ames: The business is alleged to have violated the governor’s orders on Oct. 31 by failing to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone; failing to limit patrons from congregating together closer than 6 feet; failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming their beverages; and failing to implement reasonable measures for increased hygiene practices.

    Each licensee could face a civil penalty for the alleged violations and has the right to a hearing.

    The division also announced Tuesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with a Jasper County business, Pour Bastards Pub. The Newton pub has agreed to a $1,000 civil penalty for alleged violations of the governor’s orders.

    Clark Kauffman
    Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.