CONCORD, NH (AP) – A New Hampshire restaurant has been fined $ 1,500 over a complaint about lack of social distancing and wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, the office said on Tuesday of the State Attorney General.
The attorney general’s office said it imposed the sentence on Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Plaistow after the restaurant on November 14 was visited by a policeman who was following up on a photo taken the day before showing ‘overcrowding , standing and mixing in the bar. area, no social distance between tables and no face covering. The officer said conditions were similar and the only person wearing a face mask was the bartender.
The Attorney General, in his letter to Grumpy’s, said he was also informed earlier in writing that 6 feet (2 meters) is required between tables; the number of people in the bar should be limited in order to maintain the distance of 6 feet; and it is forbidden to stand and mingle in bars.
Richard LeClaire, the owner of Grumpy, said properties in neighboring Massachusetts had closed earlier under new rules and “so we ended up with a serious overflow that we weren’t ready for.” He has since said, “we have taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again.”
Separately, three recent cases of the virus have been linked to Grumpy’s, with possible community exposure on Nov. 10 and 14, public health officials said last week. The restaurant had said on its Facebook page that the entire establishment had since undergone a “deep cleaning”.
Last week, the attorney general’s office fined a bakery, baggage store and pizza restaurant $ 500 each after repeated complaints that staff did not wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
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