With some members upset that the present administrative fines for violating COVID-19-related well being orders aren’t excessive sufficient to make sure compliance, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to debate — and maybe approve — new administrative fines for companies and others discovered to be breaking the principles.
The proposed ordinance, as outlined in a county employees report, does not embody any particular wonderful quantities. However final week, County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff stated that she desires to see fines which have “chew” and that enterprise house owners contemplate too excessive to maintain violating the principles and take in the penalties.
Mitchoff talked about fines as excessive as $20,000 for some violations by companies.
“It is time to carry the hammer down,” Mitchoff stated on the Dec. 8 supervisors’ assembly.
Presently, companies face a $250 wonderful for a primary violation of the county heath order restrictions; $400 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a 3rd violation. Violations can embody conducting some sorts of enterprise in any respect (eating at a eating places, indoors or out, shouldn’t be allowed, for instance), or not implementing social distancing, buyer capability or cleansing mandates.
In response to the draft ordinance, the fines might be appealed to the Contra Costa County Superior Court docket.
The supervisors’ assembly begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and is digital solely, viewable by going to the county’s web site.