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After inspections by Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force four bars have been fined and temporarily closed because of violations of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 health regulations. The fines ranged from $1,050 to $2,450.
The COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force is a collaboration between the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR). Inspectors with the Task Force noted various violations at these businesses, including bars being accessible after 11 p.m., mingling customers being served at bars, failure to maintain separation at bars, and employees not wearing masks. Although restaurants can operate bars, they must close by 11 p.m., and patrons must be seated at bars with barriers between seated parties. Nightclubs cannot operate in Rhode Island at this time.
The four establishments that received orders and fines are:
These four establishments are currently closed.
Thorough environmental cleaning will be required of all establishments, in addition to the ongoing requirements for all businesses offering dining on premises. These include requirements to keep contact information for guests, screen employees and guests for symptoms of COVID-19, ensure mask wearing, and ensure social distancing.
These compliance orders and all other COVID-19 related compliance orders are posted online on the website of DBR at dbr.ri.gov.
To file a complaint about a business, call 401-889-5550 or visit taskforce.dbr.ri.gov.