AGCO suspends JAKK’s liquor license on Tuesdays after breaking Ontario’s COVID-19 rules

TORONTO – On Thursday, the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) Registrar announced that it is moving to suspend the liquor license of JAKK Tuesday in Kingston, Ontario.

AGCO says it is moving to suspend the establishment, located at 642 Progress Ave for reasons of public interest and that the provisional suspension is effective immediately. He plans to revoke the license entirely.

“At the same time, the Registrar has also issued a Proposal notice (NOP) to revoke the liquor license of the establishment for infractions of the Liquor Licensing Act (LLA), including the requirement that the licensee act and conduct business in accordance with the law, with honesty and integrity and in the public interest, ”the AGCO wrote Thursday.

According to the Press release, the compliance officers had attempted to provide “education” to the licensee regarding the requirements of the Reopening of the Ontario Act (ROA). The owners of JAKK Tuesday’s stated that they have no intention of meeting the ROA.

The move comes after officials received many complaints regarding the establishment’s position on vaccine certifications and its commitment to reject COVID-19 protocols while operating its business.

“The Kingston Public Health Unit received several complaints regarding non-compliance with the ROA by the facility,” the AGCO wrote. Bylaws officials visited the establishment around September 23, 2021 and made observations of non-compliance with the ROA. On September 24, 2021, Kingston city charter officials charged the licensee with violations of the ROA, ”they added.

As early as September 14, the company could be seen displaying “Say no to Vax passports” and “All welcome to JAKKS.”

“The hospitality sector has been severely affected by the pandemic. Vaccine certificates allow companies to continue operating while protecting the safety of their customers, ”the AGCO said Thursday.

“Licensed liquor stores have an important role to play in keeping the industry open and the community safe. We thank and acknowledge all the establishments that are taking this responsibility seriously and will continue to address situations in which that responsibility is being neglected ”.

Under the AGCO, a facility that has been notified of a provisional suspension or NOP has the right to appeal the Registrar’s action to the License appeal court, which is an adjudicatory court independent of AGCO and part of Ontario Courts.

It is unclear whether the establishment intends to appeal the decision. As of this morning, JAKK Tuesday’s was hiring additional employees.

As of this morning, the company still says it is hiring.

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