UPDATE: Owner Scott decided to voluntarily shut down the Grizzly Rose after this event until such time as deemed safe to reopen again. | By Nicole Fierro, KDVR – FOX31| Viewers are sharing concerns about a local country music hot spot as videos circulate on social media from over the weekend. Footage shows crowds of people attending the Grizzly Rose Saloon and Concert hall on Friday and Saturday nights. Some people are shown wearing masks, while others are not.
FOX31 reached out to the Grizzly Rose for information but have not heard back yet. According to their website, the Grizzly Rose is closed on Mondays. However, a digital sign outside of the venue reads “Closed Again” on Monday.
While the bar and music venue has a Denver address, it is in unincorporated Adams County and is overseen by the Tri-County Health Department.
“The owner of the Grizzly Rose contacted us this morning following the large crowds that occurred in the venue over the weekend and indicated that he is going to temporarily and voluntarily close while he reevaluates how he can operate in a safe manner. After repeated complaints last fall and attempts to gain voluntary compliance, TCHD issued a Warning Notice for non-compliance in October. The Grizzly Rose subsequently decided to voluntarily close and recently reopened. TCHD had a compliance call with the owner as recently as last week to discuss the current rules and requirements. We are now are evaluating our next steps in our enforcement process.” Brian Hlavacek, Director of Environmental Health at TCHD, said.
State and county health officials tell FOX31 they have received this same footage.
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Andy Shaffner: Stupid people … It’s because of selfish assholes like these that we will all have to wait for music venues to be safe … I have Zero compassion for them, or the club.
Pat Woods: It just goes to show you that they don’t care about anyone but themselves. If this kind of crap continues we will never get back to a somewhat normal life. I hope they all get it.
Michael Jochum: Yeah, so this place and it’s complete disregard for social distancing, and mask wearing has essentially put music in any venue on hold for an indefinite future.
The fact that they fucked up so bad for live music, which was at least potentially going to be initiated back into venues 10 steps back.
When venues start playing it smart, and do the right thing, perhaps you all can start seeing live music back in your town as well.
This club blatantly fucked the service industry over and, as far as I’m concerned, fucked us musicians over as well.