NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven officials were in the downtown area Tuesday afternoon to conduct a business canvass, making sure all businesses are complying with the city’s indoor mask mandate.
Mayor Justin Elicker and Health Director Maritza Bond canvassed the area with representatives from the Fire Marshall and Building Department starting at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Last week, officials found four businesses that were in violation of the mask mandate.
If businesses do not comply, they will first get a verbal warning, then a written warning, and then finally be subject to fines and business closures.
“The goal is to make sure everyone is compliant, that everyone is safe, and everyone is keeping your mask,” Elicker said.
Last week, inspectors hit up 75 stores, restaurants, markets, and delis. Only four were found in violation and were given verbal warnings. If problems persist, businesses face $100 fines and even eventual shutdown.
Tyler Demora manages G Cafe Bakery. He says some customers will come in without a mask on and if they do, he has a box of his own ready to hand out. Demora says the cafe is already enforcing the rules, so the surprise inspections are no big deal. In fact, he’s hoping the focus on mask-wearing will be good for business, curbing the Delta spread so things can eventually get back to normal.
The health department is going to continue doing daily inspections, driven in part by customer complaints.
The mask mandate in the City of New Haven went into effect on August 9.