Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission went on a crackdown this weekend, slapping bars across the state with liquor license suspensions for violating hygiene practices put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The project, known as Operation Safe Open, was launched to ensure that bars and restaurants were adhering to new protocols to help curb COVID-19. The new measures include indoor customer capacity limits of 50 percents for bars and 75 percents for restaurants, and social distancing of at least six feet between groups of customers.
On June 22, TABC announced that Burnhouse is among the establishments statewide to receive the emergency 30-day permit suspension. The North San Antonio bar and lounge may not serve alcohol during the suspension, essentially shutting down the business.
"Protecting the health and safety of Texans during this pandemic is our top priority," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said in a release. "I'm incredibly proud of all the TABC employees working to ensure Texas bars and restaurants are able to operate safely. Our goal from the start has been to educate business owners about the requirements of the Governor's executive order, and our Enforcement, Legal and Communications teams have done outstanding work to keep the industry and the public informed on ways to stay safe while helping to reopen the Texas economy."
In total, 17 bars and restaurants in the state received the suspension, including three bars in Austin, two bars in Dallas, two bars in Fort Worth, and one bar in Houston.
"These violations represent a very small number of the 3,500 licensed businesses inspected by TABC since the beginning of May," TABC Chairman Kevin J. Lilly said. "A large majority of business owners are showing their commitment to keeping customers and employees safe, and we're grateful for all of their hard work."
A second violation for any of these establishments results in a 60-day suspension of their liquor license.