The Contra Costa Health Services have fined several businesses for COVID-19 related compliance over the past month, including not checking to see if customers were fully vaccinated.
While most media attention has gone to In-n-Out over the San Francisco shutdown and the fines in Pleasant Hill, locally, Lumpy’s Diner in the City of Antioch has received several fines while MJ’s Downtown Cafe in the City of Brentwood has received a warning notice.
“We do not discriminate against any customer based on sex, gender, race, creed, age, vaccinated or unvaccinated, all customers who wish to patronize are welcome in our establishment,” said Lumpy’s Diner in a note posted on their diner front window.
According to Karl Fischer, spokesperson for Contra Costa Health Services, he confirmed since Sept. 22 when the health order went into effect, they have received a total of 94 COVID-19 related complaints. He also provided a list.
These businesses have received notices of violation regarding the health order in question:
- Fuddruckers (1975 Diamond Blvd, E260, Concord): 09/28/2021
- In-N-Out Burger (570 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill): 10/05/2021
- Huckleberry’s Breakfast & Lunch (4391 Treat Blvd., Concord): 10/14/2021
- MJ’s Downtown Café (655 1st St., Brentwood): 10/18/2021
And these businesses have received notices of fine regarding the health order in question:
- Lumpy’s Diner (5891 Lone Tree Way, Antioch): 09/23/2021 $250
- Lumpy’s Diner (5891 Lone Tree Way, Antioch): 09/27/2021 $500
- In-N-Out Burger (570 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill): 10/14/2021 $250
- In-N-Out Burger (570 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill): 10/19/2021 $500
- Fuddruckers (1975 Diamond Blvd, E260, Concord): 10/19/2021 $250
According to Fischer, Contra Costa Environmental Health, which is the division of the health department that regulates commercial food permit holders (such as restaurants). Other county departments are responsible for health order enforcement of other business sectors.
Fischer also confirmed that to date, no food permit holders closed or permits pulled.
Last December, the county had fined several gyms while discussed increasing penalties for businesses who did not comply with the stay-at-home order that was in place at the time.
According to the Contra Costa County District Attorneys Office, here is a list of fines to date as of December 2020:
- Diablo Cross Fit, Pleasant Hill, November 19, $250
- Diablo Cross Fit, Pleasant Hill, November 24, $500
- Diablo Cross Fit, Pleasant Hill, December 2, $1,000
- Fitness 19, Danville, November 24, $250
- Fitness 19, Concord, November 24, $250
- And on December 2 we issued another fine to Fitness 19 in Concord for $500.
County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff proposed increasing fines for businesses blatantly ignored the order, however, the Board of Supervisors opted to make no changes at the time.