SPRINGFIELD, Ore.--The owner of Along Came Trudy says the restaurant will remain open for indoor dining, despite a fine from the state of Oregon.
On Wednesday, Oregon OSHA fined the restaurant $9,215, following many weeks of the business remaining open for indoor dining against Covid restrictions.
Multiple complaints about Along Came Trudy were reportedly made to the agency.
State officials say the fine was issued following an inspection that opened on Dec. 21, finding two violations. By allowing indoor dining, OSHA said the restaurant willfully disregarded the ban on indoor dining in extreme risk areas like Lane County. The second violation regards a failure to make sure customers inside the restaurant wear a face covering.
OSHA said armed people outside the business threatened regulatory agencies and their staff members.
“It is our expectation that employers comply with public health measures that we know are effective at decreasing the risks to workers and reducing the spread of this disease. And we have been able to resolve most concerns about COVID-19 and the workplace constructively and without formal enforcement visits,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “However, as this case demonstrates, we will continue to carry out enforcement actions where appropriate and particularly where employers knowingly disregard standards.”
Employers have 30 days to appeal citations.