Sonoma County considering fines on people, businesses violating coronavirus rules

24 July 2020

Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat

Stepping up efforts to enforce local and state health orders, Sonoma County supervisors on Thursday will consider imposing new fines on businesses and individuals who flout rules designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The enforcement plan, devised by county staff, would establish a central hotline where callers can report people and businesses that are not following the rules. Violators would face civil fines of $100 for individuals and $1,000 for businesses.

At the center of the plan is a bilingual public information campaign to educate people about how health measures like facial coverings help slow transmission of the virus.

The ideas come amid a stubborn increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that led to a second wave of business shutdowns this month and decisions not to reopen K-12 school campuses for classroom instruction next month.

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