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Just 1 Bar Cited For Coronavirus Safety Violations Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

There was a "very high level of compliance" among bars and restaurants during the celebrations, according to the city.

St. Patrick's Day accessories sit in a storefront along Michigan Avenue on March 12, 2020, the day after the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic.
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CHICAGO — Just one bar was cited for coronavirus safety violations over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to the city.

There was a “very high level of compliance” among bars and restaurants during the celebrations, according to a news release from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections. The agency’s staff conducted investigations at 40 businesses and observed another 49 businesses.

Just one business ended up being cited: Clutch Bar, 316-318 W. Erie St., was given one citation for operating over capacity, as it had 60 patrons in a place that allows 50 people, according to the city. It was also cited for allowing more than six people per table and for having tables closer than 6 feet apart.

Investigations and observations were done throughout the city, including in River North and Wrigleyville, according to the business department.

Officials had vowed to crack down on businesses during the weekend festivities to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

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