Washington restaurant hit with order, $126K fine for COVID violations

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — After nearly a month of serving customers indoors despite state rules against it, Stuffy’s II Restaurant of Longview, Washington received official notice Monday of a temporary restraining order and $126,000 fine.

The Ocean Beach Highway restaurant’s owners are set to appear at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Cowlitz County Superior Court in response to a temporary restraining order filed by the state Attorney General’s Office, the Longview Daily News reported.

The state Department of Labor and Industries also issued a citation for “willful serious violations for having inside dining each day for seven days Dec. 22-28,” for a total penalty of $126,000, said L&I spokesperson Dina Lorraine.

A “Stand for Stuffy’s” rally to protest the order is planned one hour ahead of the court hearing.

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