According to reports, Kentucky alcohol authorities suspended Lexington Café’s operating license after the owner defied the order to execute the coronavirus.
Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) on Tuesday ordered Brewed 124, Malabu 124, to cease under state guidelines, but owner Andrew Cooperrider continued to operate.
Governor Andy Beshear last week introduced new restrictions that suspended indoor meals for three weeks as well as restrictions on outdoor meals.
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When Cooperrider refused to change operations, authorities suspended its alcohol license, the Kentucky Herald Leader reported.
In the emergency suspension decision, “the continued operation of the licensee and the sale of alcoholic beverages in the authorized premises constitute a direct threat to public health, safety or welfare”.
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Cooperrider, who serves as an official for the Kentucky Libertarian Party, has stated on social media that he is not complying with the new restrictions, The Hill reported.
Some shoppers visited the cafe specifically on Wednesday because Cooperrider “fights” against the governor’s orders.
Beshear has previously warned that businesses operating despite his orders could be subject to a license suspension and a fine of up to $ 100.
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“To pretend this virus isn’t real isn’t possible,” Beshear said. “It’s time to do what it takes to end the fight.”