I find these antics SO counterproductive, because when people flaut and flaunt COVID protections, it means we have a longer struggle to “normal.”

Albert Lea Restaurant fined for defying governor’s orders

From the article:

An Albert Lea restaurant will have to pay $3,000 every day it is open for indoor dining after it violated Gov. Tim Walz’s orders closing indoor dining in Minnesota.

The Freeborn County District Court found the Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro in contempt of court for violating a restraining order it issued back in December that required the restaurant to close indoor and on-premises dining, according to a news release issued Friday by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

The court ordered Interchange to pay a fine of $3,000 every day it is open for indoor dining and to comply with future executive orders.

On its website, Interchange says it is open for indoor dining. It has been open for in-person dining since Walz’s order in November shutting down indoor dining, closed only on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Attorney General’s Office sued the restaurant on Dec. 21, and a temporary restraining order was issued on Dec. 23.

A call to the restaurant was not returned Friday evening.

The Interchange fb page is still up, says they’re open tonight!

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