Bar Owner Faces One Year in Jail For Defying COVID-19 Rules

A bar owner and manager’s criminal citation for allegedly defying the state-mandated curfew calls into question the limits of voluntary compliance enforcement.

Although the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has said it won’t enforce state-level CCP (China Communist Party) virus-related orders, some cities are ticketing offenders.

Costa Mesa is among the cities issuing fines to non-compliant residents and businesses. It recently issued its first criminal citation to a business that defied state curfew hours, even as officers tried to receive voluntary compliance multiple times.

The City of Santa Ana takes a similar approach, a police spokesperson said.

“There’s a mechanism if people don’t comply that we can use the enforcement, but our goal is to make that a last resort,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told The Epoch Times.

A state-wide emergency curfew was issued on Nov. 19, mandating all non-essential businesses to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

However, the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office has declined to file charges in nearly two dozen cases against business owners accused of operating illegally during the pandemic. It has instead have supported an education and outreach philosophy. Via – The Epoch Times

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