Yellowknife pub acquitted of breaking COVID-19 rules


Yellowknife pub owners say they’re relieved to know they won’t have to pay more than $5,000 for tickets for violating the Northwest Territories’ COVID-19 public health order.

Monkey Tree Pub was acquitted by a district court on November 14, 2020 for operating a dance floor.

Deputy Judge Bernadette Schmaltz said she accepted the testimony of two liquor inspectors who testified that the dance floor was open and about 15 people were dancing past midnight.

But the judge said the king failed to provide evidence that the pub had been notified of the public health order.

As a result, she says the pub could not be found guilty of violating that order.

The pub’s co-owners are satisfied with the verdict and relieved that the lawsuit is over.

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