Surveillance appears to show health inspector ‘dancing’ after ordering brewery closed before Super Bowl

A Los Angeles County health inspector was caught on video breaking into an impromptu dance after informing the owner of a brewery he would have to close right before the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Bart Avery, one of the co-owners of Bravery Brewery, which is located in Lancaster, told Fox News on Monday that the inspector went to the establishment around 11 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Avery said the inspector told the owners that because they did not have a food truck, they were in violation of county COVID-19 guidelines and therefore had to close.

Avery went on to note that his brewery has been “decimated financially and emotionally,” as have many other small businesses in the state during the pandemic, thanks to perpetual lockdowns and mandatory business closures and regulations.

Nevertheless, Avery said the female inspector was wrong in her assessment and that his business had no mandate to close. He said that the establishment was serving draft beer-to-go and as such, they did not need a food truck, as she claimed.


(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

The inspector eventually agreed that she was incorrect and that the brewery could remain open. Also, one of her supervisors called the business the following day to apologize for the misunderstanding.

After the incident, Avery said he was reviewing surveillance footage from security cameras when he saw the inspector begin to dance a few moments after telling owners that they must close. While he admitted he didn’t know why she broke into a dance, he did say that “the perception really sucks,” intimating that she may have derived some perverse pleasure out of shutting the brewery down ahead of the year’s biggest sporting event.

Avery said the inspector had just told a worker that he may be out of a job and, given all of the economic pain experienced by business owners and workers during the pandemic, the dance seemed shockingly inappropriate.

Los Angeles County lifted some COVID restrictions last month, allowing restaurants to reopen in a limited capacity on Jan. 29. They are only permitted to serve customers in an outdoor dining environment and must still comply with customer limits. Also, all staff must wear a mask, the Daily Mail reported.

In addition, a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. operating curfew was also lifted on businesses that have been deemed non-essential.

While cases of the virus continue to decline around the state, the death toll remains high. On Monday, the state reported an additional 200 deaths, which brought the total to more than 47,000.

Residents of L.A. County, the state’s most populous, were asked over the weekend to continue social distancing and avoiding close contact with persons outside of their households to curb the virus’s spread.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has been heavily criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially his stay-at-home and business closure mandates. Backers of a now-successful recall effort have said those measures, combined with being caught violating his own rules against indoor dining last fall, both contributed to the effort.

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