Simmering Kettle loses liquor licence, could face further action for breaching provincial order forbidding dining in

Videos posted to Facebook show tables filled with customers

The Simmering Kettle on Bryne Drive in Barrie, which has remained open for dining-in despite the latest provincial order not to, has had its liquor licence suspended by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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The owner has been openly defiant, posting videos to Facebook denouncing the government regulations and citing what she refers to as ‘common law’ which she says protects her.

One video shows a child’s birthday celebration and other tables filled with customers.

Another, shows patrons engaging with AGCO workers who arrived to speak with the owner, accusing the workers of trespassing and forcing them to leave.

Shalu Persaud/Simmering Kettle via FB

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit indicated Tuesday it is monitoring the situation and has been in contact with the City of Barrie and Barrie Police about the ongoing breach of the provincial order.

“We’ve already issued orders under the Reopening Ontario Act and are looking at other orders to be used, and are working with the police as to what specific action can be taken to actually close them,” said Dr. Charles Gardner.

images: Barrie 360