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Waterloo bars face allegations of violating governor's emergency proclamation
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Waterloo bars face allegations of violating governor's emergency proclamation

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WATERLOO – Two Waterloo bars are facing action by state alcohol regulators for allegedly violating the governor’s emergency proclamation issued as COVID cases rose in late August.

Knights of Pythias Furgerson Lodge No. 5 allegedly remained open after Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Aug. 27 order closing bars to the general public. This allegedly happened on Sept. 9, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Edo’s Sports Bar is accused of violating the order by failing to ensure proper distancing between groups, failing to ensure patrons that served alcohol were also served food and/or failing to ensure the patrons were seated while consuming food and beverages. The violations were found during an ABD visit on Sept. 11.

In all, the ABD filed hearing complaints on six businesses for violations of Governor Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster proclamation.

Other establishments include:

Bo-James in Iowa City —- Failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual; failing to ensure that all customers who were served alcoholic beverages were also served food; and/or failing to ensure that all patrons were seated at a table, booth or bar while consuming.

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Cube Ultra Lounge in Council Bluffs —- Failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar.

Xcaret Club and Lounge in West Des Moines: Failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar.

Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines: Failing to ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining; and/or, failing to ensure that all patrons had a seat at a table or bar.

Court records show an employee at the Knights, Robert Earl Mosley, was cited for a misdemeanor public health violation during the Sept. 9 incident.

Police said they drove past the establishment and found 15 vehicles parked outside with music coming from inside shortly after midnight. The door was locked, and a person who eventually answered didn’t allow officers inside. Through the door, police counted eight people inside and one person with an alcoholic drink.

Mosley is asking for a jury trial. In a response filed with the court, he said members of the fraternity were inside were conducting a private meeting, and no drinks were being sold.

“If the law does not allow me to have private meetings at these times, please show me that section and I must comply,” Mosley wrote in his response.

In the Edo’s incident, police reports show that Waterloo officers assisted ABD officials at the establishment. They found no one inside eating and no food being prepared, according to the report.

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