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Scottsdale bars Bottled Blonde, Casa Amigos’ liquor licenses suspended

Aug 29, 2020, 4:08 PM | Updated: Aug 30, 2020, 5:26 pm
Bottled Blonde in Old Town Scottsdale was ordered to shut down on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Arizona...
Bottled Blonde in Old Town Scottsdale was ordered to shut down on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Arizona Department of Health Services photo)
(Arizona Department of Health Services photo)

PHOENIX — Old Town Scottsdale bars Bottled Blonde and Casa Amigos had their liquor licenses summarily suspended by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control on Friday.

The two bars were both in violation of social distancing, masking, dancing, standing and table occupancy limitations, according to a press release.

The suspensions come one day after the bars were allowed to reopen.

“Detectives will continue to enforce public health orders and take immediate actions against licensees who are observed showing general disregard for the welfare and safety of others,” Department of Liquor Director John Cocca said in the release.

Restaurants were first allowed to reopened in May, and some bars that served food did as well. However, many did not follow coronavirus protocols and there was a surge in COVID-19 cases and rates in June and July.

“Businesses can enforce these [guidelines] themselves and continue to operation without interruption,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in late June.

“If they choose not to, there will be accountability and there will be enforcement and there will be more for bad actors.”

An executive order issued by Ducey on June 29 required bars to shut down.

Businesses that met coronavirus benchmarks on Thursday morning were allowed to reopen, including Bottled Blonde and Casa Amigos.

Those two Scottsdale bars have been ordered to remain closed until the health department grants permission to reopen.

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