ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has suspended the liquor license for a Jackson County bar due to violations of state social distancing and face covering requirements, according to the agency.
On Saturday, staff from the OLCC Medford regional office responded to the Jammin Salmon on Rogue River Highway following a request for assistance from both the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Rogue River Police due to a "large event" taking place at the bar.
"An OLCC inspector reported that the Jammin Salmon was packed with patrons, many spilling out of the bar and carrying away alcohol beverages as they left," the agency said. "According to the inspector, the bar’s inside service areas and outside patios were crowded with several hundred people, with only about 10 percent of them wearing any face coverings."
The bar owner has been cited for two violations — one for the Oregon Health Authority's current face covering guidance, and a second for Phase II reopening rules that require enforced social distancing at bars and restaurants.
The OLCC investigation is still under way, and the agency said that the licensee — listed as Savage Creek Pub and Grub LLC and Stephen Boyd — may face additional charges.
"The licensee is entitled to exercise their administrative hearing rights to challenge the OLCC’s actions," the agency said. "The business may continue to serve food for takeout or delivery, but is NOT allowed to sell any alcoholic beverages. This includes any sales of beer, cider or wine for off-premises consumption."
Bars and restuarants have been under extra scrutiny over weekends since the Fourth of July, as state officials began working to enforce COVID-19 restrictions that have only tightened in the weeks since.