A bar in South Florida was flooded with swarms of maskless partygoers when they reopened for the first time since the pandemic began – only to be shut down by officials for violating pandemic-related rules, a report said Sunday.
Wharf Fort Lauderdale was flooded over the weekend by youths dancing, drinking and ignoring socially distancing protocols – prompting county code officers to intervene, the South Florida Sentinel reported.
“If they do not get patrons to wear masks, they will leave us no choice but to shut them down,” Browards Mayor Steve Geller told the newspaper.
“Our goal is not to close companies. It’s to get compliance. If we have to shut down companies that deliberately violate our laws, it might send a message. They have to obey our orders for public safety. ”
An adjoining doctor said he walked past the water hole around 6 p.m. 21
“As a doctor who has been reviewing this since March, it was disappointing. The place was packed, everyone was close together, “said Dr. Ralph Levy to the newspaper.
County officials visited the bar three times on Saturday alone – citing it each time for violating the COVID-19 guidelines, the outlet reported.
They noted that The Wharf allowed patrons to enter without wearing masks, and its bar did not have a plexiglass divider, the outlet reported.
Although officials only ordered it to close for 24 hours, the company said it will not reopen until it can do so normally.
“People want to have a drink and walk around. We built Wharf [for customers] to have a certain experience, ”co-owner Emilio Guerra told the newspaper.
“And with the guidelines and rules that have been imposed on us, we unfortunately have to close.