Detroit gets 400 complaints, tickets more than 2 dozen businesses for COVID order violations

(WWJ) Over the past month, the City of Detroit has handed out tickets to 27 to businesses that have violated various safety guidelines connected to the coronavirus.

Detroit's Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair says more than 400 complaints have been called in to the city.

"My teams are spending a lot of time on the weekends and throughout the week, following up on the investigations," Fair said. "So, about 30 days ago the mayor and I announced a call-in line for residents to report violators. And we have heard, we've heard from our residents."

The latest violations were at the Omen's Motorcycle Club and McCarthy's Party Place.

Fair said most of the violations have been for eating inside the business, which is a violation of the current ban on indoor dining by order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

While some of the cited businesses have since made changes to comply with COVID-19 safety standards, others have court hearings pending.

To make a complaint about a suspected COVID-19 safety violation in Detroit, a form is available at detroitmi.gov/health. Or, complaints may be made by phone at 313-876-4000.

Businesses found to be in violation are subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

Meanwhile, it's unclear when these tighter statewide restrictions on bars and restaurants, put in place in mid-November, may be lifted.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday that statistics show the order has indeed been working to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"Our numbers are better than all our Midwestern neighbors; these numbers are encouraging. We will continue to monitor them closely to see if holiday travel will have a significant impact," the governor said, at a news conference,

She encouraged families to stay home for New Years Eve and order takeout or delivery from a local restaurant.