The Boston Licensing Board today suspended the liquor license for Macumba Latina, 477 River St., after BPD detectives found a long line outside and lots of people without masks inside, as well as a DJ, last night - all violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations.
At a hearing this morning, Det. Eddie Hernandez said he and his partner checked on the on the club shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday as part of their regular inspections of restaurants and bars for compliance with state and city Covid-19 restrictions. He said they found a long line on the street and such a thick knot of people right at the door they couldn't even get in at first. He said when they finally got close enough to the door, they saw a doorman trying to push the crowd back - a task the two detectives then joined in on.
Hernandez said that once inside, they found "multiple patrons" standing and walking around without masks on, as a DJ played music.
Board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce moved for indefinite suspension of Macumba Latina's license, because even the loosened Covid-19 orders now in place still call for establishments to prevent lines outside, ensure patrons have masks on when they are standing or walking around and bar DJs and dancing. The board's other two members agreed on the punishment.
Nobody from the club attended the hearing. Hernandez said that when he gave co-owner Max Fernandes a citation last night, he informed him of this morning's hearing. The board's executive secretary, Leslie Delaney Hawkins, said she also notified the club of the Zoom hearing via e-mail this morning.