Health officials suspend license at Dooley's Pub after multiple COVID-19 violations

Updated: September 18, 2020 10:15 PM
Created: September 18, 2020 11:04 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Olmsted County Public Health announced Friday morning it had suspended the food and beverage license at Dooley's Pub in Rochester due to repeated COVID-19 safety violations.

According to a press release from OCPHS, officials consulted with Dooley's Pub management before, during and after a COVID-19 outbreak at the establishment in July. 


Officials said safety hazards have been documented recently both by patrons and employees. 

Rochester City Council member Michael Wojcik wrote on Facebook that he received video of the violations and shared it with OCPHS.

"I think that video shows you a failure at a number of levels," Wojcik told ABC 6 News. "The business is not being run appropriately, the employees are not behaving responsibly, the patrons are not behaving responsible. Nobody stopped it from happening and that's what's so incredibly frustrating about this."

Documented violations a lack of physical distancing by staff and customers, lack of mask use by staff and customers and failing to restrict the number of building occupants to 50% or less of the normal occupancy requirement. 

“Our environmental staff have reached out to Dooley’s management to help them come into compliance and maintain compliance with no success,” said Director of OCPHS Graham Briggs. “We owe it to our residents and businesses who are complying with the Governor’s Executive Order, to not allow willful violators to disregard or endanger the health of their employees, neighbors, and community members.”

Due to the repeated violations, OCPHS is requiring Dooley's Pub to close for a minimum of 72 hours and a placard stating the closure must be placed on the front door. 

"Dooley’s management has received specific information about practices that need to change in order to comply with Stay Safe MN guidelines. Once the 72-hour period is over and necessary adjustments are in place and enforced, Dooley’s will be allowed to reopen. OCPHS will continue to provide consultation to assure a safe reopening."

ABC 6 News has reached out to Dooley's Pub for comment. 

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