State Suspends Las’ Lap for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Posted on: August 12th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Another week, another few dozen city bars cited for coronavirus-related violations.

Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that the recently anointed multi-agency task force suspended liquor licenses of 38 establishments around the Five Boroughs. One of which is here on the Lower East Side.

The two-year-old Las Lap’ at 74 Orchard Street. In recent weeks, the bar, which counts actor Michael B. Jordan as an investor, has seen crowds gather out front with open containers and nary a face covering. The State Liquor Authority and State Police apparently took notice, too.

On August 7, investigators were dispatched to 74 Orchard Street, where they reportedly “observed approximately twenty-five patrons without facial coverings sitting, standing, and kneeling around tables pushed together under a small tent, ignoring social distancing guidelines.”

Eight patrons were also observed eating and drinking inside Las’ Lap, actions which have been illegal since March 16, 2020.

“We will not allow a handful of bad actors or reckless businesses to halt or reverse New York’s progress,” Governor Cuomo said in a public statement. “This is about enforcement, and while state investigators are working tirelessly to enforce compliance, local governments must step up and do their jobs.”

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