Knoxville council allows beer permits to be stripped from repeat 11 p.m. curfew violators

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The Knox County Board of Health’s 11 p.m. bar and restaurant curfew may now have some teeth — within city limits, anyway.

Knoxville City Council, which doubles as the city’s beer board, approved an ordinance Tuesday night that says officials may take steps to suspend or revoke the beer permits of businesses that repeatedly violate coronavirus restrictions set by the governor, the mayor, the health board and the county health department’s director.

That includes the health board’s order mandating bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m., an order Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said “a small but increasing number of businesses are choosing to ignore” as local COVID-19 case numbers continue to spike.

Before Tuesday, Knoxville police could have tried to enforce the curfew by issuing criminal misdemeanor citations to businesses that flouted it. But they didn’t.

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