PITTSFIELD — Coronavirus violations at a summertime wedding landed another city establishment in the hot seat, but it ultimately avoided a suspension as long as it has no other problems before the pandemic ends.

The Pittsfield Licensing Board on Monday issued a five-day liquor license suspension, held in abeyance, against Zucchini’s on North Street until the governor declares the pandemic over.

The 3-1 ruling came after a show cause hearing regarding a wedding that the restaurant hosted on Aug. 29. Matthew Mozian, an attorney representing the restaurant, said that fewer than 50 people attended the wedding, in compliance with the limit placed on the size of outdoor gatherings.

But he said the weather was horrible that day, so the decision was made to move the event indoors. That’s one area where the restaurant erred, according to the city’s senior sanitarian Andy Cambi.

Cambi said the standing order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker had limited indoor gatherings to 25 people. Owner Lynne Soldato said she thought she complied with the order by splitting the wedding party into two rooms that had no more than 25 people in them at once.

“We thought that we were doing the right thing,” she said.

However, Cambi said it was still a violation, because “it doesn’t matter if they separated them into two rooms, it’s still limited to 25 indoors for gatherings.”

Photos from social media showed that masks were not worn by attendees nor were social distancing rules enforced throughout the entire event, according to Cambi, who said he followed up on the photos with Soldato last month. Soldato acknowledged that attendees did not wear masks during the actual wedding ceremony, which her attorney said was held under an outdoors tent.

“Even during the ceremony, everybody should be wearing their masks,” Cambi said. “Obviously, if you’re having dinner, you can take them off. But during the gathering, you’re to have your mask on at all times”

The city reversed one citation it had given Zucchini’s regarding wedding attendees “creating a dance floor” inside the restaurant after learning the establishment had not had a DJ on site, Cambi said.

Mozian asked the board not to suspend the restaurant’s liquor license, and brought up how the city already yanked Zucchini’s permission to serve food for 10 days at the start of the pandemic in March. At the time, there was an issue with the restaurant following the ordered shutdown of in-person dining, Cambi said.

Since the restaurant was allowed to reopen for outside dining, Mozian said “they put amazing protocols in place.” The restaurant has adopted a COVID-19 safety plan and is clearing future events with the city, said Cambi.

Soldato said she didn’t feel like the establishment deserved to be closed for 10 days in March for what she said amounted to “a decision to let a manager have a shot after work.”

“We weren’t having a big party back then either,” she said.

The issues that led to the March closure did not come before the Licensing Board, said member and City Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi. While she patronized both Proprietor’s Lodge and Zucchini’s and felt safe at both, she said the board has to deal with the information that comes before them.

Considering that earlier issue, Cambi said the city went ahead and issued four fines totaling $2,000 to Zucchini’s for the August wedding violations. Mozian said the amount was later reduced to $900, which has already been paid.

“We had a communication then about how serious COVID-19 is, so that’s why we went straight to issuing fines,” Cambi said.

The board, in a split late August vote, suspended Proprietor’s Lodge’s liquor license for one week, after finding the venue flouted pandemic regulations at a summer wedding at the Waubeek Road venue. But he said unlike Zucchini’s, Proprietor’s Lodge was not fined.

Members agreed about the importance of treating COVID-19 violations with consistency, and Vice Chairman Richard Stockwell recommended that members issue a five-day suspension and hold it in abeyance — as was his recommendation with Proprietor’s Lodge. The lodge was ultimately given a harsher penalty.

Kathleen Amuso moved to suspend Zucchini’s license for seven days, the same penalty given to Proprietor’s Lodge, but the motion failed with her and Guiel Lampiasi in favor and Stockwell and member Dennis Powell opposed. Chairman Thomas Campoli was absent.

Members then voted 3-1 in favor of Stockwell’s recommendation, with only Kathleen Amuso opposed.

“This is a tough time for everybody,” Powell said.

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.