Health Department Orders Bud's to Close for Violating COVID-19 Mandates

The Vanderburgh County Health Department on Tuesday issued an 'Emergency Order to Close' to Bud's Rockin' Country Bar & Grill, citing mask and social distancing violations as their reason for doing so.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 2:26 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 3:17 PM

Bud's Rockin' Bar and Grill in Evansville, Indiana, was issued an 'Emergency Order to Close' on Tuesday morning by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

The order issued by the health department says the Franklin Street bar & grill was in violation of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's Executive Order 20-50 in reference to face coverings, social distancing, and other sanitation requirements.

The health department says Indiana State Excise Police found Bud's to be in non-compliance with the governor's orders on Dec. 18, 2020, and that on Dec. 21, the health department served the bar & grill a Cease and Desist order.

According to VCHD, a follow-up investigation was conducted on Dec. 31 to see if Bud's had complied, and Indiana State Excise Police still observed the establishment to be non-compliant.

Chad Brady, Operations Manager at Bud's, says that staff members are following the rules - and that the establishment has been doing its best to make sure customers do the same - but that it isn't always that easy.

"We have been putting signs up everywhere, I pay a guy three days a week to stand at the front door and make sure people have a mask on when they enter the building," Brady said. "It's just something that's really hard for us to do. We don't have the manpower to take care of something like that."

Bud's Rockin' Country Bar & Grill will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours and is tasked with submitting a COVID-19 safety-mitigation plan to the health department before it can reopen.

Brady says he has a plan in the works.

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