Restaurants in Yolo County that flout health orders could be fined as much as $10,000
Yolo County, the NorCal county that’s heard it before, thank you, agreed this week to allow fines between $250 and $10,000 for restaurants and other businesses that ignore state and local health orders on matters like indoor dining and mask use, the Associated Press reports.
Early in the pandemic, the county (which is part of the Greater Sacramento area) had low infection rates of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). A 200 percent spike in the last two weeks has since placed Yolo County on a statewide watchlist of at-risk counties and prompted the closure of indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms, as well as all bars without food (indoor and out) as of July 3.
On Tuesday, KCRA reports, county supervisors passed an emergency order allowing fines for businesses that fail to follow health orders. Individuals that break the rules can also be cited, with tickets ranging from $25-$500 for social distancing or mask violations.
That doesn’t mean your favorite Yolo County restaurant will suddenly be slapped with a fine for, say, letting a patron take a seat indoors. In a statement, Yolo County Administrator Patrick S. Blacklock says that first they’ll warn an educate the restaurant, which should “work in the vast majority of cases.” The fines, Blacklock says “will typically proceed only when violations are severe or ongoing despite repeated counseling efforts.”
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