The Milwaukee Health Department is cracking down on bars and restaurants that aren’t following the rules.
The department is asking customers to anonymously report businesses that violate the mask mandate and other COVID-19 safety orders.
Three businesses have been issued citations. Cafe India in Bay View and SkyBox Sports Bar on MLK were cited for social distancing and masks. Casablanca on Brady Street was cited for hookah usage.
The health department is now skipping warnings and going straight to fines. The Milwaukee Common Council is considering legislation that would increase the current $500 penalty for violating the COVID-19 safety orders from anywhere between $500 and $5,000.
Information from the health department shows 993 bars and restaurants have submitted COVID-19 safety plans. Of those plans, 664 have been approved.