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Multiple Northern Michigan businesses continue defying COVID-19 guidelines

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Several businesses Up North keep defying health & safety guidelines, despite action from their local health department.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is in the middle of two fights.

One is with The Iron Pig in Gaylord, which kept seating people indoors during the state’s pause.

The Health Department has fined them, had their liquor license suspended, and their dining room shut down.

Health Officer Lisa Peacock says there isn’t much else left for them to do.

“We have actually followed all the steps of the enforcement process,” said Peacock.

A hearing over The Iron Pig’s violations is scheduled for Friday.

The Health Department is also pursuing more enforcement against Friske’s Market in Antrim County.

They held a big Christmas party that attracted crowds last weekend.