Milwaukee bars and restaurants can now face $20K in fines for violating COVID-19 order

Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 19:58:15-05

CITY OF MILWAUKEE — The fine for breaking the City of Milwaukee's COVID-19 order has been raised to $2,500 - for an initial violation.

For repeated violations, bars and restaurants face $5,000 fines for each infraction, with the possibility of $20,000 in fines for multiple violations observed at any one inspection.

The Milwaukee Common Council approved the new ordinance on Nov. 24.

During a Common Council meeting in late October, health officials said only a very small number of businesses continue to operate without complying with the city's COVID-19 health order.

The health department said then that they are also bringing on more staff to increase compliance and enforcement checks.

The fine for violating the order used to be $500 per violation.

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