Atlanta, GA

George State Police have reportedly shut down 2 Chainz’s restaurant in Atlanta. According to TMZ, the Grammy Award-winning rapper’s Escobar Restaurant & Tapas spot was closed on Monday night (May 25) for violating COVID-19 guidelines.

The police report states as officers drove by, they “noticed that the location was rather loud, busy, and occupied to be operating as a restaurant at that time of night.” Upon closer inspection, patrons were discovered dancing, ordering bottle service and smoking a hookah without the 6-feet of required social distancing. At one point in the evening, a long line start forming outside the entrance.

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Police reportedly “spoke to the manager before shutting the location down as it was violating executive orders regarding protocol issued due to COVID-19.”

An Instagram post for the Memorial Day Weekend event clearly stated, “Social distancing policies in place,” but staff evidently had trouble enforcing those policies.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a hefty set of 39 guidelines for dine-in service late last month. As reported by the Eater Atlanta, those included allowing only 10 patrons per 500 square feet in dining room, waiting area, bar area, no self-service drink, utensil, or condiment stations and limiting parties to no more than six people per table.

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Restaurants around the country are beginning to open up for dine-in service. For example, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said local restaurants could open their doors on Wednesday (May 27) but with strict regulations.