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The Grizzly Rose hosts crowd inside their venue with very limited social distancing Saturday

Grizzly Rose_Jan. 30, 2021
Posted at 7:27 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 19:42:43-05

Editors's note: The owner of the Grizzly Rose has temporarily closed the night club following this original report. You can see the latest on this story here.

DENVER — While The Grizzly Rose's voicemail guarantees all public health safety guidelines will be followed inside the dance hall and bar, hundreds of people packed inside the business Saturday.

Only open on Friday and Saturday, the Grizzly Rose, which opened in 1989, has been a local favorite across Denver.

Jenny Orin said it's a much-loved spot in the community but she was shocked to see crowds packed in the bar on Saturday evening on social media.

Orin’s sister saw videos from Saturday night on Snapchat and showed her.

"It seems like maybe in the beginning they were being good about social distancing. They were staying six feet apart, some people were wearing masks, but the video that I saw from last night was something completely different. It was a complete violation of public health," Orin said.

Hundreds of people were packed inside on Saturday night. Masks were a rarity and social distancing practically non-existent.

"It’s just so surprising to see that they would disregard their community like that. I feel disregarded," Orin said.

She said the move to allow crowds of that size feels like a "a step backwards in our timeline to getting to normalcy again."

Over the last year, other restaurants and music venues have faced legal battles because of state health order violations.

So far, we haven’t heard back from local or state health departments about this massive gathering. The Grizzly Rose also chose not to comment.

"I don’t know how I feel about fines and violations, but what I saw last night shouldn’t be happening and I want it to stop," Orin said.