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. Via – The Epoch Times

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