Room 38 operating permit suspended after health order violations
COLUMBIA- Room 38's operating permit was suspended on Saturday, Sept. 19, following citations for violating COVID-19 health orders.
A report by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services cites Room 38 for patrons failing to social distance and chairs placed next to each other at the bar without room for social distancing.
The operating permit will be suspended until an operational plan is submitted and approved by the department.
Room 38's owner, Billy Giordano, sent an appeal email to the health department with screen shots and videos of the restaurant shortly before health officials entered to investigate.
He argues there was only one small group sitting together and that all patrons were seated.
In the appeal, Giordano claims, "Throughout the evening we were following guidelines and our staff made sure that we were completely in compliance at every opportunity that needed our attention."
He also expresses frustration at the suspension of Room 38's operating permit and claims that Room 38 contacted the health department with no response.
"I understand compliance checks, but a suspension of our operating permit on a Saturday when no one's available to discuss the circumstances until Monday, especially in this instance, is unjustifiable and once again, feels a lot like targeting," Giordano writes.
Read the full inspection report here.