The Kingston Sports Bar J.A.K.K Tuesdays has had its business license revoked. An order was also issued by KFLA Public Health to either comply with the rules or close the establishment. The order was made under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. Its liquor license was also suspended on September 30th.
“On Thursday, November 03, 2021, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health issued an Order pursuant to Section 22 under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act to J.A.K.K. Tuesdays Sports Pub Inc. to decrease or eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission at the food establishment and ultimately, in our community,” said KFL&A Public Healtthe on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
“The requirements of the order are to comply with all applicable COVID-19 safety measures as outlined in Ontario Regulation 364/20 and remove all signs promoting and advertising non-compliance with COVID-19 safety measures or close the establishment.”
While the business has tried to appeal its liquor license being revoked, their request was denied on October 27th. The suspension was subsequently extended pending permanent revocation.
The business drew controversy for defying public health mandates, including the refusal to enforce masking rules and to mandate proof of vaccination.
According to social media posts, the business was no longer able to operate as of the morning of November 3rd. No reason for the shutdown has been given at this time.
“Yes, it’s true. Fully shutdown (so no takeout) by bylaw earlier today. [J.A.K.K’s] are working with a team & getting a plan together to fight this & move forward asap,” the social media post read.
On October 22nd, J.A.K.K Tuesdays accrued six violations from a Public Health inspection, not including the violations that prompted the inspection in the first place.
J.A.K.K Tuesdays have remained defiant in light of the revocation. “They may knock us down – but they will never knock us out!! You may have heard that our business license has recently been revoked, but do you think that’s going to stop us? If you’re one of the many open-minded people who support us then come on out today and let’s stand together,” J.A.K.K’s said in a post on its business page today.
“At 11 a.m. on Nov. 3, the business license for JAKK Tuesdays was suspended by the City of Kingston because the license-holder is ineligible to hold a license because the operation of the business does not conform with the applicable standards and requirements of provincial legislation, being the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 and O. Reg. 364/20 (made thereunder),” said Kyle Campeau, Manager of Licensing & Enforcement for the City of Kingston.
The City says that the licence will remain revoked until the business complies with the Reopening Ontario Act.
“Operating a business for a which a license is required under the City’s Business Licensing By-Law when the license has been revoked or is under suspension is an offence under the By-Law. A person who is convicted of such an offence is liable to penalties under the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, or the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25.”