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New Haven Will Conduct Random Business Inspections To Ensure COVID Compliance

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New Haven

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says a city task force will drop in randomly to ensure businesses comply with pandemic rules.

Elicker said after a first warning, the city would fine businesses $100 if an employee fails to wear a mask.

“And also a $500 fine for any person or business entity who organizes, hosts or sponsors a gathering that violates the gathering size restrictions,” Elicker said.

Elicker said the fines are allowed under Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order, so the money will go to Lamont’s office.

New Haven health officials have already ordered 13 businesses closed for pandemic violations since shutdown ended. Ten of them have corrected protocols and been allowed to reopen.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.