Hundreds Crowd into Ohio Nightclub for Trey Songz Concert, Many Seen Not Wearing Masks

A nightclub in Ohio has been cited for "egregious violations" of public health orders after they were found to have hosted a concert attended by around 500 people with no social distancing measures in place.

Aftermath Columbus, located at 1921 Channingway Center Drive, is accused of improper conduct and disorderly activities in violation of its liquor permit after undercover agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit attended the night on Saturday, December 5.

According to a news release, seen by The Columbus Dispatch, there were no efforts to keep apart the hundreds of people attending the Trey Songz concert on the dance floor or stage area, with the bartenders also not wearing masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus as required by state law.

The undercover agents in plainclothes also saw the people at the concert, many of whom were also not covering their faces, sharing alcoholic beverages from the same bottle and even passing them between groups.

"Basically, it was just a concert environment," Eric Wolf, the enforcement commander for the OIU, told WCHM. "There was very little going on as far as any attempt for social distancing. If you had taken that event and put it in 2019, it would have been pretty much the same concert, same event that was taking place last night.

"As far as the size of the crowd, the complete disregard for department of health orders, this is the extreme side."

Aftermath Columbus has been contacted for comment.

On Friday, the Putnam Tavern in Zanesville also was cited for improper conduct and disorderly activities in violation of its liquor permit after around 25 people were seen crowded into the bar on Friday with no social distancing or barriers in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Both citations will be put before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, who will decide on any potential penalties, including fines and/or the suspension or revocation of their liquor permits.

In November, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a 21-day statewide curfew between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., with serving food and drink also ending at 10 p.m., to help stop the spread of the virus.

"We're not shutting down, we're slowing down," DeWine said in a statement. "The curfew is aimed at helping to reduce the number of person-to-person contacts because the only way virus lives is when it goes from one person to another. We have to flatten this curve again and get this under control."

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(File photo) Customers enjoy a last round of drinks at a bar in the Short North District on July 31, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. A Columbus club has been cited for "egregious violations of health orders" after several hundred people attend a concert on Saturday, Matthew Hatcher/Getty