By Jennifer McRae

VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– The manager of the Bridge Street Bar in Vail was cited for a public health order violation for allegedly allowing the bar to exceed capacity limits of 25%. Edward Schoenbein, manager of the bar, received the criminal summons on Dec. 12.

Eagle County is currently under Level Orange- High Risk on Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial which puts indoor occupancy at 25% of the posted occupancy limit that is not to exceed 50 people.

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Vail police were informed of the alleged violation after someone said they saw a large group of people near the bar at 3 a.m. Eagle County’s District Attorney’s Office said review of the video footage confirmed that about 80 people left the bar after it closed.

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Maximum capacity at the bar is 158 but under the Level Orange restrictions, no more than 40 people are allowed inside at one time.

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The violation of the public health order is considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or $500 fine. Schoenbein, 43, is scheduled to appear in court on March 17,2021.

Jennifer McRae