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Madsen's employees, patrons found maskless by Lincoln police during compliance check
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Madsen's employees, patrons found maskless by Lincoln police during compliance check

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A compliance check at Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards on Sunday showed employees and patrons not wearing masks.

Police caught patrons and employees not wearing masks inside Madsen's Bowling & Billiards during a coronavirus restriction compliance check Sunday, a Lincoln police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

An officer entered the bowling alley at 4700 Dudley St. at 10 p.m. and observed those inside violating the local directed health measure's mask mandate, Officer Erin Spilker said. 

Neither the patrons nor the employees were ticketed, but a criminal charge will be filed by the City Attorney's Office, she said.

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City Attorney Yohance Christie did not respond to a question Wednesday about whether further action will be taken by the city.

Madsen's was the first business to defy the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's order to shut down over directed health measure violations and the only business ticketed thus far under it. 

After a court fight over the order, a judge forced the city to use police to enforce the shutdown, and Madsen's reopened with the health department's permission after closing for three days.

Already, a misdemeanor charge accusing Madsen's of violating an order of the health director remains pending in Lancaster County Court. 

An attorney for Madsen's will seek to have the charge thrown out at a hearing later this month. 

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