Six Providence establishments busted for violating coronavirus containment guidelines

Six different establishments in Providence have been shut down for violating coronavirus containment guidelines issued by the city and/or state.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Six different establishments in Providence have been shut down for violating coronavirus containment guidelines issued by the city and/or state.

According to the city’s Public Safety Commissioner, the following bars, clubs, and restaurants are closed:

  • Parkview Lounge was busted for having more than 100 people inside after Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza banned gatherings of more than 100 patrons.
  • La Sonrisa and Masheratti Lounge were closed for having live music after the city revoked all entertainment licenses.
  • Vic’s Tap and Gemma’s Bar were busted on Saint Patrick’s Day for serving people drinks inside after the governor ordered all bars and restaurants to only provide take-out services.
  • Wonderland strip club was raided by undercover agents and closed for having more than 100 people inside.

“There were people doing lap dances in both public and private rooms. I can’t think of anything more irresponsible in a time like this,” said Mayor Elorza.

These establishments will be closed until the state and city guidelines are lifted. After that, the businesses will have to appeal to the Board of Licenses to reopen.

“Restaurants or bars that are thinking they’re going to shut me down anyway, I might as well continue to operate until they shut me down– to anyone who’s thinking that way, we want to send a clear message: not only will you be shut down, but there will also be additional consequences once we’re on the other side of this,” said Elorza.

Categories: Coronavirus, Providence, Rhode Island