MILWAUKEE — Trinity Three Irish Pubs in downtown Milwaukee has become the second business to be cited for violating the city's COVID-19 order.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department has issued two $500 fines to the pub, located at 125 E. Juneau Ave. According to city health documents, the business violated two COVID-19 order requirements: the enforcement of wearing masks, and social distancing.
The violations at Trinity occurred Oct. 2-4, and the citations were sent to the business on Oct. 8.
TMJ4 News reached out to Trinity Thursday evening, but has yet to receive comment regarding the citations.
The first Milwaukee business to be cited was Fiesta Cafe, located at 1407 S. 1st St. That business was issued three $500 citations on Aug. 6, according to city records. The health department says Fiesta did not enforce mask requirements, social distancing or capacity limits.
According to those city records, the health department has issued 61 warnings to businesses for violating the COVID-19 order. Only two have been cited.
On Thursday, Mayor Tom Barrett said that businesses breaking the local health orderwill no longer get a warning. Instead, they will receive a citation right off the bat.
"This is the next step, the patient period is over. Now you're either complying or you're not complying. With a serious situation we're in it's appropriate to get more serious about enforcement and that's what we're going to do it," said Mayor Barrett.
Barrett says parts of the city’s reopening plan may be rolled back to help curb the spread of COVID-19. That decision is expected in the coming days.