COVID-Related Violations of State Alcohol Laws to Area Establishments

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Riviera Maya in Rockaway

MORRIS COUNTY — New Jersey Attorney General Grewal announced that the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued charges against numerous bars, restaurants, breweries and liquor stores for violating executive orders related to COVID-19. All of the establishments face suspension of their liquor licenses for at least ten days. Two other establishments were issued fines for lesser COVID-19 related infractions.

Under executive orders issued by Governor Murphy, businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the state are permitted to remain open during the COVID-19 state-of-emergency, but only for take-out or delivery services of food and alcohol. No table or bar service is permitted, on-premise alcohol consumption is prohibited, and alcoholic beverages “to go” must be in sealed original containers.

Among the establishments facing suspension for violating the orders are:

  • Rail’s Steak House in Towaco
  • Randolph Diner in Randolph
  • Riviera Maya in Rockaway
  • Taphouse 15 in Wharton
  • Lina’s Restaurant in Bloomingdale

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.