CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A bar in Cave Junction may be the first example in Oregon of an establishment shuttered by the state for defying Governor Brown's executive orders for COVID-19.
According to a statement from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) issued on Monday, the state agency has ordered that the Sportsman Tavern's liquor license be immediately suspended.
"Acting on information provided to the OLCC, an inspector based at the OLCC Medford regional office traveled to Cave Junction on April 9, 2020," the agency said. "The inspector observed several individuals at The Sportsman Tavern allegedly violating Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-07."
Under that executive order, bars and restaurants are supposed to eliminate the option for patrons to stay and eat or drink on the premises — transitioning to take-out or delivery only — or close down until the order is lifted.
The executive order has been extended indefinitely to match the statewide stay-at-home order, and many restaurants and bars have been scrambling to make a transition that follows the order while keeping their businesses afloat.
The OLCC said that the Sportsman Tavern is licensed under GTBS, LLC to Robert McNally and John Edward Kimberly Sanders.
Just the initial investigation was enough for the OLCC to decide on an immediate suspension of the bar's Full On-Premises Commercial license, the agency said.
"The OLCC investigation is continuing, and the licensee is entitled to exercise their administrative hearing rights to challenge the OLCC’s actions," the OLCC concluded.