Selwyn Avenue Pub cited for violating state’s COVID-19 restrictions

Selwyn Avenue Pub closing temporarily after rising COVID-19 cases in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - WBTV learned that a popular Myers Park pub was issued a citation before it decided to temporarily close its doors due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County and North Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Selwyn’s Pub was cited for violating the governor’s coronavirus-related orders.

Over the weekend, Selwyn’s Pub announced on social media that itA popular Myers Park pub is temporarily closing its doors in response to climbing COVID-19 cases.

Selwyn Avenue Pub announced Sunday through their social media that the decision does not have to do with staff exhibiting symptoms of the virus, nor have there been positive cases found among them.

The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department said it reached out to the bar after hearing concerns from the public.

North Carolina saw its hospitalizations reach a record-high of 1,501 on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, 317,495 people tested positive for coronavirus in North Carolina since March.

November alone has seen three record-breaking days.

The closure extends to takeout services.

According to the statement, Selwyn’s Pub said it will spend an unspecified amount of time they’ll be closed cleaning and sanitizing, along with training.

“We are committed to health, safety and satisfaction of our patrons, our team members and our community,” they wrote. “Hope to see you soon!”

According to Deputy Public Health Director Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County ambassadors were asked to contact Selwyn’s Pub and conduct four onsite visits between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14.

The health department said Selwyn Avenue Pub owners spoke with the county’s COVID ambassador supervisor on Nov. 14 regarding the “lack of social distancing, volume of people and general concern for public safety.”

CMPD was then contacted by the supervisor to complete a follow-up visit due to the “lack of compliance noted by the COVID Ambassadors.”

The Mecklenburg Public Health Department released this statement:

"Mecklenburg County Public Health appreciates the cooperation of and decision to voluntarily suspend operations by Selwyn Avenue Pub management. Our team of COVID-19 Ambassadors has effectively provided education, guidance and support to more than 1,500 organizations in our community. COVID-19 Ambassadors do not have any enforcement authority and often engage CMPD when there are potentially concerning circumstances. COVID-19 Ambassadors also do not issue citations nor make recommendations for citations. We look forward to a continued partnership with Selwyn Ave Pub and all businesses in our community as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reopen safely.

"The 50% occupancy limits for restaurants outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order 163 are not applicable as Selwyn Avenue Pub has not been properly permitted to operate as a restaurant. As per the Governor’s Executive Order 169, bars are limited to 30% capacity outdoors and seated-service only. The Governor’s Executive Orders are clear and consistently reiterate that bars and similar establishments are restricted to seated service and guests should be appropriately distanced while seated. The Executive Order further authorizes local law enforcement to enforce these restrictions.

"Excerpt from Executive Order 169, Page 3:

“WHEREAS, for these reasons and others, it is prudent to continue to limit Bar operation by requiring that all Guests be seated at tables and counters, separating Guests so that different groups are socially distanced, and by closing all indoor seating areas.”

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