Criminal complaint filed against The Royal Grove for violating health measures
The mayor and health director spoke after The Royal Grove received a criminal complaint for holding a crowded event earlier this month.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The health director spoke after The Royal Grove received a criminal complaint for holding a crowded event earlier this month.
“To have an event of that size there is an event plan that’s put in place and it is expected that the business will follow that event plan,” said Pat Lopez. “In this situation, that did not occur.”
Criminal charges have been filed against The Royal Grove for violating health measures. This comes after around 500 people, many not wearing a mask, attended a concert there earlier this month. Health officials have also revoked the venue’s event planner. Any future events must be approved by the health department. The mayor asked the public to follow guidelines and not put police officers in a position to enforce the mask mandate.
“The police are willing to enforce these laws,” said Leirion Gaylor Baird. “That is not the issue. We need the cooperation of the public. We don’t want to put their safety at risk, the public’s or our police officers. We need everybody to cooperate. And frankly, I don’t believe they were called there to the royal grove on behalf of an enforcement complaint. They were there on their normal course of duties because we’ve had a lot of issues with that site in the past, regarding gun violence outside. So it wasn’t in any way that they were lacking in enforcement.”
Channel 8 spoke to the owner off camera and he says he thought the treatment has been unfair compared to the treatment of other bars. The Royal Grove said in a statement online that they are suspending all events until 2021.