Auburn passes bar restrictions with local state of emergency

The Auburn City Council passed bar restrictions on Aug. 27, 2020
The Auburn City Council passed bar restrictions on Aug. 27, 2020(Source: Gray Television)
Updated: Aug. 27, 2020 at 6:38 PM EDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - The city of Auburn has declared a local state of emergency. This comes new restrictions on local bars.

During a special called meeting Thursday the City Council said this is due to the statewide health emergency declared by the governor’s office combined with a dramatic increase in coronavirus infections within the city’s college population.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, all ABC-licensed alcohol establishments in the city must suspend walk-up bar services at indoor bars and only allow alcohol beverages to be served to seated customers. Service of alcoholic beverages to anyone not seated at a table, counter or bar is prohibited.

Any ABC-licensed alcohol establishment with an outdoor bar complying with all applicable local and state regulations may allow walk up bar service at the outdoor bar.

Any ABC-licensed alcohol establishment that violates this is subject to citation. Any person or business violating the resolution could face a fine of up to $500.

The local state of emergency extension runs through Sept. 16 unless extended again by the City Council.

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