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Five Knoxville businesses cited over weekend for 11 p.m. curfew violations

KPD spokesman Scott Erland said all businesses that were cited were cooperative.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department on Monday released the names of five businesses cited over the weekend for failing to comply with a COVID-related curfew.

The department's Inspections Unit cited four on Friday and one on Saturday, according to department spokesman Scott Erland.

The department identified the five as Billiards and Brews, 8705 Unicorn Drive; Paul’s Oasis, 8021 Kingston Pike; Twisted Mike’s Taproom, 7125 Kingston Pike; Bebo’s Café, 1838 Cumberland Ave.; and Scooter’s Place, 4101 Bruhin Road.

According to Erland, the unit conducted about 100 compliance checks on businesses in the city over the weekend.

All businesses that were ticketed were cooperative, according to Erland.

"The KPD appreciates that the vast majority of businesses covered by the Board of Health curfew were compliant and did not require police intervention. We anticipate that our educational efforts and any subsequent enforcement actions will result in continued voluntary compliance from local businesses," KPD's statement Monday reads.

By order of the Knox County Board of Health, businesses that serve alcohol are supposed to close at 11 p.m., part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some, however, have not been complying, and Mayor Indya Kincannon has pressed to ensure businesses are more compliant.

In extreme cases, a business could lose its beer license for failure to comply.

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KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said the department is not naming specific businesses at this time.

By Board of Health order, bars and restaurants are supposed to close in-person service by 11 p.m., though they can still provide delivery, carryout, and curbside pickup.

While many businesses were abiding by the curfew, others were not, and city leaders wanted to find a way to enforce the order that didn't require criminal penalties.

The proposals change city code to clarify that businesses with a beer permit must comply with a regulatory order such as those put in place by the Board of Health or the state's Tennessee Pledge.

The emergency ordinances went into effect immediately after the council voted on them on Wednesday night.