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Ohio Investigative Unit issues citation to Columbus bar over alleged lack of social distancing

A Columbus bar received a citation from the Ohio Investigative Unit this weekend due to an alleged lack of social distancing.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus bar received a citation from the Ohio Investigative Unit this weekend due to an alleged lack of social distancing.

OIU, a component of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, issued the Administrative Citation to Park Street Cantina. A spokesperson for the agency tells 10TV the citation was for the violation of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Specifically, OIU says the bar did not ensure all patrons and staff maintained "a distance of six feet or greater when possible for the health and safety of all individuals engaged in the transaction."

The agency says Park Street Cantina was the only Columbus-area establishment to receive the citation, saying other businesses were compliant at the time of compliancy checks.

10TV has reached out to Park Street Cantina for comment and has yet to hear back.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union" Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said officials will do “whatever we have to do” to enforce the state's protocols if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds as the state eases coronavirus measures. He also said that officials had to issue a citation for a Columbus bar.

On a local level, Columbus Public Health sent out warnings to seven establishments Saturday. One of them, a bar in the Short North, received three warnings overall.