- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 5, 2021

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Zero businesses in Delaware have received fines in the weeks since the Delaware Division of Public Health announced a zero-tolerance enforcement policy for COVID-19 restrictions.

The Delaware State News reported Monday that the zero-tolerance policy took effect Dec. 14.

It calls for an immediate fine for a first violation of COVID restrictions. Businesses are subject to closure for a second violation, pending a reopening plan for DPH approval.

Businesses were being fined hundreds of dollars before the no-tolerance policy took effect. The violations were for such things as lack of appropriate face coverings among staff and a lack of social distancing among customers.

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