Failure to follow closure could cost Knoxville businesses their beer permit under proposed ordinances

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Knoxville’s mayor is proposing civil, not criminal, penalties for businesses that choose not to abide by COVID-19 protocols.

By order of the Knox County Board of Health, businesses that serve alcohol are supposed to close at 11 p.m. But not everyone is complying with that order.

“In speaking with both the Health Department and law enforcement, it’s clear that most businesses are working hard to follow public health guidelines and keep employees and patrons safe. This is good for our economy and good for our community,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said in a statement to 10News. “Unfortunately, a small but increasing number of businesses are choosing to ignore the curfew restrictions set in place by the Board of Health. This is not okay.”

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