Kentucky Alcohol Authorities reportedly suspended a Lexington coffeeshop’s operating license after the owner objected to a coronavirus executive shutdown order.
The Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) on Tuesday ordered Brewed at 124 Malabu to close according to state guidelines, but owner Andrew Cooperrider continued to work.
Governor Andy Beshear last week put new restrictions in place restricting indoor dining as well as outdoor dining for three weeks.
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When Cooperrider refused to change operations, authorities suspended its liquor license, the Kentucky Herald Leader reported.
The emergency suspension order quoted that “the licensee’s continued operation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the licensed premises pose an imminent threat to public health, safety or wellbeing.”
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Cooperrider, who serves as the Kentucky Libertarian Party official, stated on social media that he would not adhere to the new restrictions, The Hill reported.
Some customers came expressly to the café on Wednesday because Cooperrider “fought” against the governor’s orders.
Beshear had previously warned that companies operating despite his orders could face license freezes and fines of up to $ 100.
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“Pretending this virus isn’t real is not an option,” Beshear said. “It is time to do what it takes to end this fight.”