RIDOH issues notices to 10 restaurants, bars for failing to follow COVID-19 guidelines

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) says they have issued compliance orders to 10 restaurants and bars so far this week for failing to comply “with a range” of COVID-19 public health directives.

“In many instances, inspectors observed staff and patrons not wearing masks, staff and patrons not practicing social distancing, and establishments not screening patrons for symptoms of COVID-19,” RIDOH said in a statement. “Many of the establishments that were issued orders did not meet the requirements for separation at their bar areas.”

Here is the list of bars and restaurants RIDOH issued notices to:

Compliance Orders

  • Theater Tap Bar, in Pawtucket
  • Pasha Hookah Lounge and Bar, in Providence
  • Boulevard Grille and Cigar Lounge, in Pawtucket

Immediate Compliance Order

  • Tafino Restaurant and Lounge, in Providence

Partial Immediate Compliance Orders

  • PJs Pub, in Narragansett
  • Morse Tavern, in Coventry

Combination Compliance Order and Immediate Compliance Orders

  • Buffalo Wild Wings, in Warwick
  • Fairlawn Golf Course, in Lincoln
  • O’Rourke’s Bar and Gill, in Warwick
  • Lifestyle Nutrition, in Providence

DOH says restaurants and bars can either receive a compliance order or an immediate compliance order.

An establishment that receives a compliance order can remain open but will be re-inspected in 10 days to ensure that the establishment is meeting all health and safety requirements, RIDOH says.

An immediate compliance order means that the establishment must close immediately because the violations represented an imminent threat to public health, according to RIDOH.

RIDOH added that some restaurants received “partial immediate compliance” or a “combination compliance order” meaning they were generally compliant with COVID-19 regulations, allowing them to remain open. However, the orders did require that the establishment’s bar area close until they comply with all safety regulations.

RIDOH has a list online of all their COVID-19 related compliance orders they have handed out to restaurants and bars around the state.


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