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13 businesses cited for violating Michigan’s COVID-19 order, state says

Businesses earned penalties of up to $1,000 per violation

Signs reminding people to wear face masks and practice social distancing. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Signs reminding people to wear face masks and practice social distancing. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials have issued citations to 13 businesses due to violations of the COVID-19 order put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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“I thank the vast majority of restaurant and bar owners for helping us contain the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing their indoor service,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “We continue to see improvements in the numbers, and we know that the public health orders we have put in place are working. I look forward to the day when indoor service can reopen.”

These 13 businesses were fined up to $1,000 for each violation or for each day in which a violation continues, according to MDHHS:

Café Rosetta

Location: 102 Fifth Street, Calumet

Violation issued: Dec. 2

Total fine: $4,000

Big Boy of Sandusky

Location: 422 West Sanilac Road

Violation issued: Dec. 2

Total fine: $5,000

Hatorando Sushi

Location: 10586 Highland Road, Hartland

Violation issued: Dec. 2

Total fine: $2,000

Iron Pig Smokehouse

Location: 143 W. Main Street, Gaylord

Violation issued: Dec. 2

Total fine: $5,000

Rockhouse Grill & Tavern

Location: 915 Razorback Drive, Houghton

Violation issued: Dec. 4

Total fine: $1,000

Spangler’s Family Restaurant

Location: 601 E. Chicago Road, Jonesville

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $11,000

Cravins

Location: 389 S. Meridian #9710, Hudson

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $1,000

Bernita Mae Café

Location: 80 N. 3rd Street, Sand Lake

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $4,000

Jimmy’s Roadhouse

Location: 8574 Mason Drive, Newaygo

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $1,000

D&R Daily Grind

Location: 8712 Portage Road, Portage

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $2,000

Wild Roast Coffee

Location: 4035 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $2,000

Woodchips Barbecue

Location: 315 West Nepessing Street, Lapeer

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $4,000

John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub

Location: 33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington

Violation issued: Dec. 16

Total fine: $1,000

MDHHS officials said they received information from local law enforcement about violations of the order.

The fines are due within 30 days.

“The number of cases, the positivity rate, and hospital capacity have declined in recent weeks, taking stress off our hospitals and health care workers,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “We will continue to monitor the data and assess for any potential surges in cases after the holidays. Most food service establishments like restaurants and bars have helped play a critical role in the existing decline by following the order.”


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