PORTLAND, Ore. — Following enforcement measures over the Fourth of July weekend, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) said that reports on nine bars and restaurants that violated social distancing or face covering requirements will be sent on to OSHA for possible penalties.
"Based on a review of investigators’ accounts, OLCC compliance staff is forwarding nine incident reports to OR OSHA; that’s one percent of the licensed establishments OLCC inspectors checked," the agency said. "It will be up OR OSHA to determine if there were any violations and what action to take."
Governor Kate Brown announced the coming "spot checks" last week, just two days after the new statewide face covering requirement went into effect.
In a report issued earlier this week, OLCC said that inspectors had checked 800 businesses over the weekend. While they found "significant compliance" with social distancing and facing covering requirements, the agency said that some establishments in downtown Bend, in parts of Josephine County, and in the Newport area showed "clear disregard" for the requirements.
"In those locations, inspectors also found licensees violating state statutes or OLCC rules, and the OLCC will be issuing administrative violations to those businesses," the agency said.
OLCC reported that three businesses were out of compliance with agency rules, and at least one of those violations occurred in the Medford region, which includes the majority of southern Oregon. Specific information has not yet been released.
However, all nine of the cases that have been forwarded to OSHA occurred in either the Bend or Eugene regions — including three bars in Bend itself, one establishment in Terrebonne, one in Toledo, one in Springfield, one in Redmond, one in Pendleton, and one in Cottage Grove.
Inspectors issued verbal instructions to 74 licensees, or nine percent of all bars and restaurants visited over the weekend.
OLCC said that it would continue its investigations from July 10 through 12 with additional inspectors.