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More $50 fines in Cayuga County as health inspectors find businesses violating mask rules

More fines followed inspections in Cayuga County, which is seeing an uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases.

Last month multiple businesses were fined for not complying with state mandates on COVID-era operation.

This week, the Cayuga County Board of Health approved consent orders, which had been signed by the businesses guilty of not complying with state mask guidelines.

Those businesses in Auburn were identified as China Wok, McDonald’s (Genesee Street), and Speedway (State Street). Meanwhile, Dunkin’ Donuts (Weedsport) and New York Pizzeria (Cato) also signed the orders.

They were mandated to pay a $50 fine. Previously, the County had been giving businesses that were identified as violators a pass – educating them about mask wearing – but public health officials told the Citizen that the time has passed.

“We think, at this point in the game, businesses should know, especially restaurants because we regulate restaurants and we have sent them emails regarding this,” Eileen O’Connor from the Cayuga County Health Department told The Citizen.

During one of those recent sweeps of fines and consent orders – Wegmans in Auburn was identified as a violator. However, the company only paid the fine – and didn’t sign the consent order. An attorney for the company said at the time that they were not responsible for their customers, according to officials.

Family Dollar, Maxwell’s, and Wegmans in Auburn all pay $50 fines for violating NYS mandates on masking