/State officials issue fines, warnings to businesses over COVID-19 guidance violations – WMUR Manchester

State officials issue fines, warnings to businesses over COVID-19 guidance violations – WMUR Manchester


The attorney general’s office has issued several fines and warnings against businesses it says have violated COVID-19 restrictions.>> Download the free WMUR appSo far, the state has issued five civil penalties, six warnings and one cease and desist order against businesses or individuals they say have violated the governor’s emergency orders.On Wednesday, officials announced they have issued fines of $500 to three businesses that have violated mask-wearing guidance for staff providing direct customer services. They include Simply Delicious Baking Company in Bedford, Checkmate Pizza in Concord and What a Bagel in Nashua.In an interview with the Associated Press, the owner of What a Bagel said, “We were kind of operating under the mindset of allowing customers to make decisions for themselves. If they weren’t comfortable coming, they didn’t have to come in.”The attorney general’s office said these locations had been issued warnings from either their local health departments or police before the civil penalties were sent out.“There is just flat out refusal in at least two of those businesses to follow the guidance,” Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards said. “So, as a result it was necessary to fine those businesses and to hopefully achieve compliance so that we can continue to protect the public who wants to patronize those businesses but needs to do so as safely as possible.”Officials said they have also issued warnings this week to Game Changer Sports Bar and Grill in Londonderry and the Common Man Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth. Investigators said the Common Man Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth did not break any rules but noted a “disturbing lack of caution” on the part of guests at a recent wedding.

The attorney general’s office has issued several fines and warnings against businesses it says have violated COVID-19 restrictions.

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So far, the state has issued five civil penalties, six warnings and one cease and desist order against businesses or individuals they say have violated the governor’s emergency orders.

On Wednesday, officials announced they have issued fines of $500 to three businesses that have violated mask-wearing guidance for staff providing direct customer services.

They include Simply Delicious Baking Company in Bedford, Checkmate Pizza in Concord and What a Bagel in Nashua.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the owner of What a Bagel said, “We were kind of operating under the mindset of allowing customers to make decisions for themselves. If they weren’t comfortable coming, they didn’t have to come in.”

The attorney general’s office said these locations had been issued warnings from either their local health departments or police before the civil penalties were sent out.

“There is just flat out refusal in at least two of those businesses to follow the guidance,” Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards said. “So, as a result it was necessary to fine those businesses and to hopefully achieve compliance so that we can continue to protect the public who wants to patronize those businesses but needs to do so as safely as possible.”

Officials said they have also issued warnings this week to Game Changer Sports Bar and Grill in Londonderry and the Common Man Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth.

Investigators said the Common Man Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth did not break any rules but noted a “disturbing lack of caution” on the part of guests at a recent wedding.

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