(USA Features) The owner of a bar in southern Minnesota faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine after hosting a card party at his establishment in violation of the state’s “stay-at-home” order.
The order, which was issued by Gov. Tim Walz, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, forbids businesses deemed “non-essential” during the coronavirus pandemic from being open.
David Schuster, 57, of Winnebago was charged via summons with one count of violating an emergency order, WCCO in Minneapolis reported.
A Winnebago police officer on March 22 noticed the lights were on at Schooter’s Bar during patrol, the local affiliate reported.
The door to the bar was locked, according to police, but the officer managed to speak to four men inside who were drinking and playing cards.
The officer informed the men, including Schuster, that they were in violation of the governor’s order and would have to disperse.
The criminal complaint says that the men told the officer they wouldn’t leave unless he came back with a warrant.
Schuster, police said, replied: “This is communism.”
Once a sheriff’s deputy arrived, the men cleaned up and eventually left, but Schuster was issued a citation. He is due to appear in court on May 19, local media reported.