Two Erie County bars violating governor’s PAUSE order shut down by county health department


(WIVB) – On Friday, a sixth person in Erie County died from COVID-19.

At the same time Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz made the announcement on Friday, the Erie County Health Department was out closing two bars that opened in violation of the governor’s order, Poloncarz said in a tweet Saturday morning.

“This is serious. Stay home!” he added.

The bars that were ordered closed are A.J.’s Clarence Hollow in Clarence and Swannie House in Buffalo.

The Division of Environmental Health will be reporting this to the state liquor authority, the Erie County Health Department said on Saturday.

“We have seen generally good compliance from Erie County restaurants and bars on the PAUSE orders, with restaurants and their patrons understanding the need to avoid congregating in a closed space, and to wait in their cars or outside for their take-out purchases,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Sanitarians are still investigating food safety complaints and violations of the PAUSE order, and they are continuing their inspections of food facilities.” 

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