Auburn passes bar restrictions with local state of emergency

Updated: Aug. 27, 2020 at 5:38 PM CDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - The city of Auburn has declared a local state of emergency. This comes new restrictions on local bars.

During a special called meeting Thursday the City Council said this is due to the statewide health emergency declared by the governor’s office combined with a dramatic increase in coronavirus infections within the city’s college population.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, all ABC-licensed alcohol establishments in the city must suspend walk-up bar services at indoor bars and only allow alcohol beverages to be served to seated customers. Service of alcoholic beverages to anyone not seated at a table, counter or bar is prohibited.

Any ABC-licensed alcohol establishment with an outdoor bar complying with all applicable local and state regulations may allow walk up bar service at the outdoor bar.

Any ABC-licensed alcohol establishment that violates this is subject to citation. Any person or business violating the resolution could face a fine of up to $500.

The local state of emergency extension runs through Sept. 16 unless extended again by the City Council.

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