The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to six New Bedford-based restaurants and bars for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents.
Fines were issued in the following amounts:
- Hong Kong Restaurant: Fined $300
- Mike B’s Restaurant: Fined $100
- Taqueria La Raza: Fined $100
- Whiskey Lounge: Fined $300
- The Bar: Fined $300
- Casa Benfica: Fined $100
Hong Kong Restaurant, Whiskey Lounge and The Bar were cited for serving alcoholic beverages without food, and for failure for employees to wear masks.
Mikey B’s and Taqueria La Raza were cited for failure of employees to wear masks.
Casa Benfica was cited for serving alcoholic beverages without food.
Violation orders were issued on October 14 after inspections by the New Bedford Police Department and the New Bedford Health Department.
Earlier this year, Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health announced emergency orders to keep employees safe at their place of work, and to outline reporting requirements of COVID-19 in the workplace. The orders include strong measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.
Businesses will be subject to fines for failure to comply with the City’s orders, including failure to protect employees and failure to notify the Health Department of an outbreaks. The orders can be found on New Bedford’s COVID-19 webpage: https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/coronavirus/.