Kingston Restaurant Appeals Liquor License Suspension After Ignoring COVID-19 Mandates – Kingston | The Canadian News

The former west end bar and restaurant JAKK Tuesday Sports Pub has been in the local spotlight since early September after a message posted on the restaurant’s marquee suggested they would not follow the province’s COVID-19 mandates.

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The Kelly Hale-owned facility made public the fact that it would not be complying with mask mandates, verifying vaccination status or implementing contact tracing measures.

All of this led the province’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) to suspend the company’s liquor license, with the intention of definitively revoking it.

Hale appealed the decision, claiming that a public health inspection of his business was illegal.

Hale appeared in the province’s license appeals court on Tuesday, arguing that the inspection of his business was conducted illegally.

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When interviewed during the hearing, Hale repeatedly said that he did not believe he had done anything to break the law.

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He was asked if he would begin complying with the Ontario Reopening Act if his liquor license was reinstated, and he said he would not.

The decision on whether or not AGCO will extend the suspension will be made in a few days, while the decision on whether or not to revoke the liquor license entirely could take two or more weeks.

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