Fines: Businesses violating health order may have to pay $20,000 in Contra Costa County

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will be considering higher fines on Tuesday morning for businesses violating COVID-19 health orders.

One supervisor even mentioned fines as high as $20,000.

Walnut Creek resident Greg Cutcher says fines should stay at the price they are.

Instead, he suggests: “Maybe have better monitoring, have people on the street visiting and education and working with the community.”

He says it does not feel right to not support businesses in a more positive way.

At this time, these are the fines businesses currently face:

  • $250 for the first violation
  • $400 for the second violation
  • $1,000 for the third violation

Businesses are already struggling, but some supervisors say the current fines aren’t high enough to ensure compliance.

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff said she wants to see the fines increase so that business owners will do everything they can to comply.

Violations can include allowing indoor or outdoor dining when it’s not allowed, not enforcing social distancing, customer capacity or cleaning mandates.

An exact fine increase hasn’t been written down yet.

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