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Humboldt County DA Threatens To Prosecute People Who Flagrantly Violate Face Mask Order

North Coast Journal-


Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming is prepared to prosecute people who “flagrantly” violate the Public Health Officer’s order that local residents wear facial coverings when inside buildings that aren’t their home, covered spaces and when they can’t maintain 6 feet of physical distancing outside, according to a report in the Times-Standard.

Violating the order constitutes a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, 90 days in jail or both — with penalties potentially levied for each day someone is found to be in violation — but Fleming said she’s hoping she won’t need to prosecute anyone, reports the Times-Standard’s Sonia Waraich.

Waraich also has a report on small businesses that are hopeful to get a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program aid as Congress prepares to make another injection into the program as a part of the $483 billion package that’s headed to the House for a vote. The story looks a couple of businesses — Tomaso’s and Humboldt Bay Provisions — that couldn’t access funds before they dried up last round, and another — Ramone’s Bakery and Café — that did. Read the full story here. (Full disclosure, the North Coast Journal received a loan through the program.)

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