BAITING HOLLOW, NY — Giorgio’s Baiting Hollow, a popular Long Island wedding venue, was one of 16 additional bars and restaurants that had their liquor licenses suspended statewide for “egregious” violations of coronavirus-related regulations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Giorgio’s Catering, located at 100 Fox Hill Drive, had its license suspended on Saturday, a release from Cuomo said. On Friday, investigators with the state’s task force reported seeing 95 people at a wedding reception on the premises — nearly twice the legal limit, Cuomo said.
Half of the guests, the release said, were seen “standing and mingling inside the premises, while the other half were outside on a deck, standing, socializing, and drinking — most without facial coverings.”
Giorgio’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
So far, 217 businesses have had their liquor licenses suspended statewide; 1,161 charges have been filed and processed, Cuomo said.
Over the past week, the state’s task force, led by New York State Police and the State Liquor Authority, conducted 8,634 compliance checks, finding violations at 40 businesses, Cuomo said.
Businesses found in violation of coronavirus regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while “egregious violations” can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license, the governor said.
“Our heightened enforcement efforts are clearly making a difference — leading to more compliance and fewer violations, which has always been the goal. However, some business owners still believe these health and safety measures are optional, and we will not hesitate to hold those who recklessly put their fellow New Yorkers’ health and safety at risk accountable,” Cuomo said.
This article originally appeared on the Riverhead Patch