SOUTH PASADENA (CBSLA) – A bar owner in South Pasadena has been charged with opening up his pub on St. Patrick’s Day, a few days after the safer-at-home order took effect due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph Griffin, 56, of Lake View Terrace was charged with one misdemeanor count of violating the L.A. County health officer order, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office reported Wednesday.READ MORE: Concerned Residents Speak Out About Rise In People Living In RVs
On March 17, Griffin opened his bar, Griffins of Kinsale, located at 1007 Mission St., just two days after California Gov. Gavin Newsom had ordered a statewide lockdown.
According to the L.A. Times, police were called to the pub that night after complaints from residents. Griffin allegedly told them he did not realize he was supposed to be closed.READ MORE: Pop-Up Roller Rink Opens In Long Beach Through The End Of The Year
He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in L.A. County Superior Court in Alhambra.MORE NEWS: Hopefuls Line Up For Chance At Powerball And Mega Millions Jackpots, Each Offering Up More Than $400 Million This Weekend
The Kinsale Irish Pub remains closed. While all L.A. County restaurants were given permission to reopen for in-person dining on May 29, bars are still under a closure order.