The state of Iowa is taking additional steps to enforce social distancing guidelines at bars and restaurants to keep patrons safe, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division announced today. Violators could face penalties including fines and revocation of licenses, according to a news release. Officials with the Alcoholic Beverages Division and the Department of Inspections and Appeals will work together to ensure public health guidelines laid out in Gov. Kim Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster order are followed. The proclamation requires businesses that serve food or alcohol to create at least 6 feet of distance between groups of people drinking or dining, all patrons must have a seat at a table or bar, and customers cannot congregate closer than 6 feet. Stephen Larson, the administrator of the Alcoholic Beverages Division, said bars and restaurants “need to help mitigate the spread of the virus. For those businesses that choose not to, they need to understand that there are consequences.” For businesses that have an alcohol permit or license, a first offense carries a fine of $1,000. For businesses with only a food license, the DIA will issue a warning. A second offense will result in a seven-day suspension of a food or liquor license, with a third violation resulting in revocation of the business’s food and alcohol permits.