New Haven health dept. raids, shuts down Anthony’s Ocean View for allegedly violating COVID restrictions, holding large party

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven health inspectors shut down Anthony’s Ocean View Friday for allegedly violating COVID-19 restrictions.

Officials tell News 8, the venue threw a big party Thursday that allegedly violated the city’s Phase 2 restrictions.

A News 8 viewer sent in footage they say is from that Halloween party. They say it was attended by 450-525 Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University students.

In the video, it is clear attendees are not social distancing or wearing masks.

WEB EXTRA: Hundreds attend Halloween party at Anthony’s Ocean View Thursday.

Video Credit: News 8 viewer via Report It

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Thursday, Mayor Justin Elicker reverted Elm City businesses to Phase 2 COVID-19 reopening restrictions after the city’s and the state’s coronavirus cases spiked.

In a release, the mayor said Thursday, “we are also rolling back opening guidelines for our business community. Starting immediately, the City will move from Phase III to Phase II of COVID-19 reopening. Reducing the occupancy caps for many businesses. Our COVID task force will be increasing enforcement on establishments to ensure we are in compliance.”

News8 rode along with the health departments COVID Task Force Friday as they prepared for the raid on Anthony’s Ocean View.

When the team arrived they served notice to the owner and looked for other violations inside the building.

New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond told the owner, “I showed you all of the video. For not wearing masks, people are drinking alcohol without eating food, people are dancing on the dance floor. It is not acceptable, it is a violation of all the sector rules..”

The owner responded, “I don’t know that that happened, I don’t know if that happened!”

Before tonight, the health director says her department has visited Anthony’s Ocean View three different times issuing them three different warnings. Friday: no more warnings.

“You’re closed till further notice. If you feel that it was a family gathering you have all the right to appeal. As of right now, you’re closed.”

There are about half-a-dozen different agencies that travel around going from business to business to business.

This includes everyone from the fire marshal’s office to the building inspector. It’s to send a strong message.

They’re shutting Anthony’s Ocean View down; they may be shutting a couple more down throughout the weekend because they have enough evidence. They say it is important if you have video of those violations please send it in, they said that’s what they need to make the change.

“This was a real eye-opener. Despite the fact we thought they were in compliance, it was evident they were not,” Director Bond said.

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