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State suspends liquor licenses, issues citations, for restaurants not complying with COVID orders

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The state announced multiple suspensions and citations this week for restaurants refusing to comply with COVID-19 public health orders.

At least three restaurants have had their liquor licenses temporarily suspended, according to a release from the state health department.

Those include locations in Newaygo and Lapeer Counties.

In addition, four restaurants were issued citations which include fines of up to $1,000 for each violation.

The Big Boy restaurant in Sandusky was fined $5,000.

The state also issued penalties for Cafe Rosetta in Calumet, Woodchips Barbecue in Lapeer, The Meeting Place in Fenton, and Cory’s Restaurant in Newaygo.

In a written statement, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said they did not want to have to take the step of suspending licenses and issuing fines but “the deliberate and blatant defiance of the state emergency public health orders by these owners put their businesses at risk.”