Diner fined $18K for ‘willful’ violation of COVID-19 rules

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A Grants Pass diner has been fined almost $18,000 for for what state regulators called a “willful” violation of COVID-19 rules. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports Oregon Occupational Safety and Health said Gold Miner Restaurant allowed indoor dining on or about Feb. 14 at at time when it was illegal and continued to do so illegally for almost a month. The agency says Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood exercised his discretionary authority under state law to issue a $17,800 fine — double the minimum penalty for such a violation. A fine of $100 also was issued for a mask violation. It wasn’t immediately known if the restaurant plans to appeal the fine.