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Another Columbia restaurant charged with violating COVID-19 order

Truman's Bar & Grill was charged with violating the COVID-19 health order.
Truman's Bar & Grill was charged with violating the COVID-19 health order.


The City of Columbia filed charges against Truman's Bar & Grill for violating the COVID-19 health order.

According to the charging documents, the establishment "failed to ensure social distancing directives between patrons and also operated a standing bar or counter service as prohibited by Order of the Director of the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services."

The health department originally inspected the restaurant on July 20 to follow up on a complaint that the business was not following social distancing or the city's mask ordinance.

The inspection report stated that no staff members were wearing masks, tables did not appear to be socially distanced and people sitting at the bar were not social distancing.

Three days later, inspectors revisited the restaurant to check on its compliance. According to the inspection report from July 23, Truman's Bar & Grill had corrected all violations.

The health department has also done check-ins to ensure compliance at several other establishments in Columbia. Those include:

  • July 22: Campus Bar & Grill
  • July 22: Harpo's
  • July 22: Las Margaritas (downtown Columbia location)
  • July 22: Room 38
  • July 29: International Tap House
  • July 29: Silverball
  • July 29: On the Rocks
  • July 29: Broadway Brewery

Health officials did not find any compliance issues at any of the establishments except for International Tap House.

According to the reports, inspectors "discussed social distancing while patrons are seated at bar and also spacing tables out so that they are six feet apart from each other."

Only two other establishments have been charged with violating the COVID-19 health order: the Country Club of Missouri and Willie's

Officials with PHHS said no violation notices have been sent to establishments since Truman's.

A hearing in the case is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 26.

ABC 17 News Investigates / Boone / Columbia / Coronavirus / Health / News / Top Stories
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Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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  1. Does anybody know if Elite Barbershop got fined or anything? They were blatantly not wearing masks or making people wear masks or spacing people out a few weeks back. I know on the city website it shows that they were contacted but haven’t seen anything else about what came of it.

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