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Michigan Issues More License Suspensions and Fines to Restaurants Ignoring State Orders

State agencies are continuing to crack down on businesses that violate COVID-19 safety precautions

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In an ongoing fight between state agencies and a small portion of the state’s restaurant and bars failing to comply with COVID-19 epidemic orders, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has confirmed another round of fines and license suspensions.

On Monday, December 7, the MLCC announced that it had suspended the licenses and permits for two restaurants and bars — Royal Scot Golf & Bowl in Lansing and Woodchips BBQ in Lapeer. Woodchips had already received a fine for willfully ignoring state orders to close indoor dining for a period of three weeks. That order has since been extended by 12 days.

Likewise, one restaurant, Fire Rock Grille in Caledonia, received a $6,300 fine from MIOSHA for COVID-19 workplace violations stemming from incidents observed over the summer including failing to enforce rules requiring customers to wear face coverings, not closing waiting areas while customers waited for tables, and not avoiding large gatherings. According to the citation, the restaurant hosted a large gathering of more than 250 people for dinner and a fireworks show on Friday, July 3, in violation of a state executive order that was in place during the summer.

This is the latest round of fines and suspensions from state agencies, which have begun cracking down on businesses ignoring safety precautions. Since September, the MLCC has suspended the liquor licenses of 10 establishments across the state for violating pandemic-related emergency and executive orders.

Anyone with a concern about a business’s compliance can report the issue to the MLCC by filing a complaint with the MLCC Enforcement Division online or by calling the division’s hotline, toll-free, at 866-893-2121.

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