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State Agency Hits Non-Compliant Restaurants With Warnings, Fines

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State Agency Hits Non-Compliant Restaurants With Warnings, Fines


Orange County officials might not be cracking down on local restaurants defying state health orders, but that doesn’t mean the eateries are off the hook. California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has been penalizing non-compliant restaurants since July, and has cited 19 Orange County businesses for violating state health orders. It has issued several warnings that resulted in voluntary compliance. Its crackdown continues during an ongoing regional stay-at-home order for Southern California. Under the state mandated guideline, which began Dec. 12, restaurants are restricted to takeout and delivery only. However, many are ignoring the rule and have opened their patios and indoor dining rooms to patrons. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Orange County Health Care Agency, have said they won’t enforce the health order. But the ABC will. Since July, the agency has conducted more than 160,400 site visits to food and beverage locations with …

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