BUFFALO, N.Y. — A bar in the City of Buffalo has been issued an immediate closure order for violating COVID-19 rules.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz made the announcement Sunday morning on Twitter, saying The Cowboy bar on Chippewa was served the closure order by the Erie County Department of Health. The notice of violation was issued Saturday.
The notice was signed by Erie County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and states that the conditions at the bar were considered detrimental to public health and safety. The notice goes on to say that the bar must immediately close and cease all operations in order to mitigate the risk to citizens in Erie County.
The Cowboy has been directed to consult with the department of health for further directions.
Poloncarz says the department of health has been spot-checking various bars and restaurants for violations of COVID-19 capacity, mask wearing and server rules.
Nine local restaurants or bars, some well known, were cited last week.
According to the Erie County Department of Health, public health sanitarians inspected these food service businesses or facilities between July 2 and July 5, then issued the violations to them for face mask usage. They included:
- Seneca Red Hots, Buffalo
- Armor Inn Tap Room, Hamburg
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo
- The Cowboy, Buffalo
- La Divina Uno, Kenmore
- John’s Pizza and Sub, Amherst
- Joe’s NY Style Pizza, Buffalo
- La Casa de Sabores 1 inc., Buffalo
- The Anchor Bar, Buffalo