FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has fined nine businesses a total of $2,700, due to COVID violations since businesses re-opening after the spring shutdown. The fines are through November 20.
Under the state’s re-opening guidelines, each type of business had strict rules for re-opening, including but not limited to employees wearing masks, capacity limits for customers, cleaning, and what happens when an employee tests positive.
Samba Steak & Sushi on Route 9 was the first business fined and the business most fined by the City of Framingham. Samba was first fined on May 29. The restaurant was fined a total of four times between May 29 and July 13, for a total of $700.
Lowe’s on Route 9 was fined $100 on July 20 for violating the state’s Phase Ii re-opening order, according to the City of Framingham.
The only fine issued in August to a business was Dollar Tree at 24 Blandin Avenue n August 19. The $100 fine was issued for violating the state’s Phase II re-opening order, according to the City of Framingham.
No business fines were issued in September and only one business fine was issued in October. That fine was issued to Friendly Farms at 155 Cochituate Road on October 24. the $300 fine was issued for violating the state’s Phase III re-opening plan. Friendly Farms was the first business to pay its COVID fine to the city on November 16.
The City of Framingham has issued five COVID fines to businesses in November.
Those fines were:
- Chipotle at Shoppers World on November 4 for $300.
- Auto Zone at 341 Cochituate Road on November 5 for $300. The fine has been paid.
- Sweet Home Furniture at 145 Concord Street on November 13 for $300.
- The Buckley Apartments at 480 Franklin Street on November 13 for $300. The fine was paid on November 19.
- Framingham Convenience at 189 Concord Street on November 19 for $300