State fines, closes 4 bars over alleged COVID violations

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has fined and temporarily shut down four more bars over alleged violations of state rules meant to control the spread of the coronavirus, state health officials said Friday.

State inspectors found various violations at the establishments, including remaining open after 11 p.m.; allowing customers to mingle and be served at the bar; and employees not wearing face coverings, the state Department of Health said in a statement.

The fines ranged from $1,050 to $2,450. Three of the bars are in Providence and one is in Pawtucket.


The businesses must undergo a thorough cleaning before they are allowed to reopen.

The Department of Health listed the four establishments that received orders and fines:

Levels Lounge, 1137 Broad Street, Providence
LoVera V.I.P, 1266 Broad Street, Providence
Vibe Lounge and Hookah Bar, 25 Broad Street, Providence
MamaJuana Restaurant, 905 Main Street, Pawtucket