“We are trying to survive”: Newport restaurant hit with a compliance order

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE): The Wharf Pub in Newport is the latest restaurant to get a compliance order for not following COVID-19 guidelines.

According to the compliance order, one of the violations was for failure to ensure if parties are seated at the bar, no staff are permitted to serve at any areas behind the bar unless a physical barrier.

Other violations included not documenting cleaning, and no posters, or signs educating people about screening, social distancing, and masks.

“We aren’t trying to fight it,” Greg Martell, the manager, said. “We are trying to stay open, and survive and make it through the Winter. That’s our main goal. Keep everyone and our staff safe.”

Martell said they were shut down for a day while they made changes, and they are now back open.

“There’s going to be good places mixed in with places that aren’t following the rules,” Martell said.” We just got caught on a day where we didn’t have the right piece of glass up and a beer was served over the counter.

The Rhode Island Department of Health lifted the immediate compliance order after reinspection.

Some customers, including Nicholas Fiorino, think regulators are coming down too hard.

“Personally, I think it’s a little harsh. Kind of infringing on private business,” Fiorino said. “They aren’t forcing anyone to come to their restaurant. If you go into that restaurant, you know you are taking what you may think is a risk.”

 

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