New Haven officials announce businesses will be fined if not complying with the mask mandate

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The City of New Haven announces that businesses will be fined if they do not comply with the mask mandate.

On Wednesday, Mayor Justin Elicker and Health Director Martiza Bond announced that after the city implemented a mask mandate, there are still a number of businesses that are not complying.

The health department says they’ve gotten 28 complaints over the last three weeks of businesses not enforcing the mandate. Elicker says he’s been working with businesses, but it hasn’t worked, so they’re ratcheting things up.

The health department says the majority of the complaints involve bars, nightclubs, and corner delis.

“It’s going to be important for us to collectively work together, so I encourage nightclub owners to work with our sanitariums and our task force teams so we can strategize on the best way,” Bond said.

There continues to be an increased number of cases in the city, and Elicker said that almost 100% of the cases in New Haven are the Delta variant. The city’s positivity rate as of Monday is at 2.4%.

RELATED: New Haven now requiring masks at all indoor establishments regardless of vaccination status

Health officials will begin enforcement for businesses that aren’t complying with the mask mandate. Businesses will be given a verbal warning, then a written warning, and then will be shut down.

Businesses will also be fined $100 per incident.

The city will begin going out to establishments beginning on Thursday.

“We always keep our eyes open. If I see someone come in, I just say, ‘do you happen to have your mask, you need your mask to sit down.’ We have outdoor seating as well,” said Melanie Velazquez, Mecha Noodle Bar.

New Haven County is still under the high community transmission area, according to the CDC.

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