Rare License Suspension of Broome County Bar for Repeated COVID-19 Violations

The liquor license at Charley’s Lounge at 272 Harry L Drive in Johnson City has been suspended by the State Liquor Authority for repeated violations of COVID-19 safety guidelines.

On October 22, officers with the Johnson City Police Department conducted a compliance check at Charley’s Lounge and found over 30 patrons without facial coverings inside the bar standing, mingling and playing pool. Officers report no food was being served, a violation of Executive Orders, and documented a bartender without a facial covering.

The licensee is a repeat offender, according to the State Liquor Authority, previously receiving a warning from police on October 8 about Executive Order violations and being charged with multiple COVID-related violations by the SLA on October 14 following a referral from the Johnson City Police Department.