NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. – The Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club in New York Mills had its liquor license suspended after the venue was found in violation of several coronavirus safety guidelines and state mandates.
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, on Sept. 15, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) received a report from Oneida County Health Department about violations that took place at the venue during a wedding on Aug. 29.
The health department said the venue admitted to allowing 100 people to attend the event -- more than double the amount of people it should have under 50% capacity restrictions in place throughout the state.
According to the report, the venue also spaced chairs less than two feet apart, failed to enforce mask-wearing and did not make hand sanitizer available.
Twin Ponds also failed to close off, clean and disinfect an area after finding out someone who later tested positive for coronavirus was there.
The SLA suspended the venue’s liquor license on Sept. 26. The state assembled a task force to investigate reports of non-compliance with coronavirus guidelines. To date, they have conducted more than 8,600 compliance checks, finding violations at 40 establishments.