Rhode Island Fines, Closes Four Bars Over Alleged COVID Violations

October 26, 2020

Rhode Island has fined and temporarily shut down four more bars over alleged violations of state rules meant to control the spread of the coronavirus, state health officials said Friday.

State inspectors found various violations at the establishments, including remaining open after 11 p.m.; allowing customers to mingle and be served at the bar; and employees not wearing face coverings, the state Department of Health said in a statement.

The fines ranged from $1,050 to $2,450. Three of the bars are in Providence and one is in Pawtucket.

Under state rules, restaurants can operate bars, but they must close by 11 p.m., and seated patrons must have barriers between them. Nightclubs are still not allowed to open.

The businesses must undergo a thorough cleaning before they are allowed to reopen.

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