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Health Department Investigating Evansville Bar Concerts

One local bar is now under the microscope of the Vanderburgh County Health Department after hosting packed, back-to-back concerts over the weekend.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 10:30 AM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 12:09 PM

KC’s Timeout Lounge Bar and Grill is under a bit of hot water after hundreds of people packed into the business over Friday and Saturday nights to see rock country artist Upchurch, all while the county was currently in a Red Zone for COVID-19 cases.

Under red zone restrictions, only 25 people or less are allowed at indoor events - but according to videos both inside and outside of the venue, it appears to have more than exceeded the limit.

The owner of KC’s spoke with 44News and said anyone without a mask was required to purchase one inside or they would be kicked out, but in several videos sent to 44News from those who attended the concert or who had friends who went, it appeared that other than employees not many patrons were actually masked up or socially distanced.

Drew Beasley, a musician who also doubles as a chef at Amy’s on Franklin, says he misses playing gigs, but has turned them down during the pandemic due to safety reasons.

"It's been hard -- especially seeing places that have semi-packed houses just everywhere for bands," Beasley said.

While KC's Timeout Lounge was already selling tickets for another concert scheduled for Friday, that changed on Wednesday after the local health department issued an Emergency Order to Close.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department said Wednesday that after an investigation, KC's Timeout Lounge would have to close for seven days and submit a COVID-19 mitigation plan before being able to reopen.

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