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Joe's Station House Faces Fine For Ignoring COVID Restrictions

text of a letter to Joe's Station House alleging violations.
Town of Normal officiials have said most establishments have complied with provisions of the Governor's executive orders on COVID mitigation.

A bar and restaurant in Normal faces a $1,750 fine for violating COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Joe's Station House, located at the Shoppes at College Hills, refused to halt indoor service when Gov. JB Pritzker's executive orders called for that measure. There were three violations -- two in November and one in December, according to a complaint against the business.

Owner Joe Wargo also would have to pay for hearing costs under the recommendation by a hearing officer; it will go the Normal Liquor Commission that meets Monday before the town council's meeting.  In the filing, the town notes the governor's executive actions are orders, not suggestions.

Wargo and his brother also own Joe's Pub in Bloomington. That city also fined that establishment for scofflaw behavior during the indoor service ban that was mandated after a spike in coronavirus cases statewide.

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