FARMINGTON, MI — A Farmington pub has been cited and fined $1,000 for violations of state-mandated coronavirus restrictions, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the state, John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, 33338 Grand River Ave., in Farmington was cited Dec. 16 and fined $1,000 for violations of Michigan coronavirus restrictions. Specifics regarding the violations that prompted the Dec. 16 citation were not released, though the state said the violations were of an executive order restricting gatherings and prohibiting gathering within food service establishments.
“I thank the vast majority of restaurant and bar owners for helping us contain the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily closing their indoor service,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said in a statement. “We continue to see improvements in the numbers, and we know that the public health orders we have put in place are working. I look forward to the day when indoor service can reopen.”
In December, 13 businesses across Michigan were cited for violations:
Café Rosetta, 102 Fifth Street, Calumet, Issued Dec. 2, $4,000
Big Boy of Sandusky, 422 West Sanilac Road, Issued, Dec. 2, $5,000
Hatorando Sushi, 10586 Highland Road, Hartland, Issued Dec. 2, $2,000
Iron Pig Smokehouse, 143 W. Main Street, Issued Dec. 2, Gaylord, $5,000
Rockhouse Grill & Tavern, 915 Razorback Drive, Houghton, Issued Dec. 4, $1,000
Spangler’s Family Restaurant, 601 E. Chicago Road, Jonesville, Issued Dec. 16, $11,000
Cravins, 389 S. Meridian #9710, Hudson, Issued Dec. 16, $1,000
Bernita Mae Café, 80 N. 3rd Street, PO Box 53, Issued Dec. 16, Sand Lake, $4,000
Jimmy's Roadhouse, 8574 Mason Drive, Newaygo, Issued Dec. 16, $1,000
D&R Daily Grind, 8712 Portage Road, Portage, Issued Dec. 16, $2,000
Wild Roast Coffee, 4035 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville, Issued Dec. 16, $2,000
Woodchips Barbecue, 315 West Nepessing Street, Lapeer, Issued Dec. 16, $4,000
John Cowley & Sons Irish Pub, 33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, Issued Dec. 16, $1,000
Information was received by MDHHS from local health departments and local law enforcement regarding non-compliance with the order, according to a news release. The civil fines are due within 30 days of receipt of the citations.
“The number of cases, the positivity rate, and hospital capacity have declined in recent weeks, taking stress off our hospitals and health care workers," Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said. "We will continue to monitor the data and assess for any potential surges in cases after the holidays.
“Most food service establishments like restaurants and bars have helped play a critical role in the existing decline by following the order.”
To date, there have been more than 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, resulting in more than 12,000 deaths.