Jeramey Jannene
City Hall

38 Citations Issued for COVID-19 Violations

VIP Lounge received $11,000 of $28,000 in fines issued by the city.

By - Feb 15th, 2021 02:45 pm
VIP Lounge, 828 S. 1st St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

VIP Lounge, 828 S. 1st St. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The Milwaukee Health Department has issued 38 citations for a total of $28,000 for violating the city’s COVID-19 health order. But a single Walker’s Point bar accounts for $11,000 of the fines.

VIP Lounge, 828 S. 1st St., received two $500 citations for violating capacity limits in the health order and for violating the city’s mask mandate.

At the health department’s request, the Common Council in November boosted the maximum per citation fine to $5,000.

“I have heard from businesses in several sectors that the $500 amount is what they would make in an evening if they went beyond capacity limits,” said deputy commissioner Claire Evers in an appearance before a council committee in November. That came after Mayor Tom Barrett announced in October that the city was moving from warnings to citations.

VIP is the only business to have received the new maximum citation.

It received a $5,000 citation for violating capacity limits on New Year’s Eve. It also received a $5,000 citation for violating capacity limits on January 8th.

City license records indicate the business is owned by Miguel Martinez. Its license expires on September 23rd. A call to Martinez went unanswered and a voicemail system said his mailbox was full.

It’s not the only business to be hit with fines on multiple days. The Days Inn hotel at 1840 N. 6th St. was cited for mask violations that occurred on December 28th and February 9th.

Almost all of the violations are related to patrons or employees being found not to be wearing masks. Under the mask mandate, the business is held liable for customer behavior.

Some businesses, including Cafe India, Fiesta Café and Skybox Sports Bar, received multiple citations from a single incident. Urban Milwaukee previously reported on those citations.

Following a post-election incident at American Serb Hall and a series of threats, inspectors quit making night visits to businesses. “Frankly there was a fear,” said interim commissioner Marlaina Jackson in late January. Officials said the department would hire a contractor to perform the work. Jackson told a council committee a contracting deal was not finalized as of January 28th.

In November the department announced it would start issuing citations when the complainant was willing to testify to the matter in court and photo or video evidence was available.

A report submitted to the Public Safety & Health Committee said several citations were made based on Milwaukee Police Department referrals. The department reports receiving 1,589 complaints and investigating 1,230 of them. A total of 102 organizations were found not to be in compliance.

Citations have been issued in four categories related to the order: capacity violations, failure to follow social distancing protocols, mask violations and other.

The current citation volume is expected to grow. A health department spokesperson said 11 citations are pending as of Monday morning.

Citations

Business Address Violation Date Violation Amount
Fiesta Cafe 1407 S. 1st St. 7/31/2020 Capacity $500
Fiesta Cafe 1407 S. 1st St. 7/31/2020 Masks $500
Fiesta Cafe 1407 S. 1st St. 7/31/2020 Social Distancing $500
Milwaukee Pedal Tavern 113 E. Juneau Ave. 8/7/2020 Capacity $500
Milwaukee Pedal Tavern 113 E. Juneau Ave. 8/7/2020 Social Distancing $500
VIP Lounge 828 S. 1st St. 9/6/2020 Capacity $500
VIP Lounge 828 S. 1st St. 9/6/2020 Masks $500
Family Dollar 2012 W. Capitol Dr. 9/23/2020 Masks $500
Trinity Three Irish Pubs 125 E. Juneau Ave. 10/9/2020 Masks $500
Trinity Three Irish Pubs 125 E. Juneau Ave. 10/9/2020 Social Distancing $500
Backdraught 3631 S. Clement Ave. 10/20/2020 Masks $500
Bray Architects 829 S. 1st St. 10/23/2020 Masks $500
Cafe India 2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 10/24/2020 Masks $500
Cafe India 2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 10/24/2020 Social Distancing $500
Skybox 2213 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 10/24/2020 Masks $500
Skybox 2213 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 10/24/2020 Social Distancing $500
Lisbon Storm Screen and Door 5006 W. Lisbon Ave. 10/27/2020 Masks $500
Casablanca 728 E. Brady St. 10/28/2020 Other (Hookah) $500
Little Caesars 3817 S. 27th St. 10/28/2020 Masks $500
Casablanca 728 E. Brady St. 10/30/2020 Masks $500
Chicken Palace 1937 W. Forest Home Ave. 11/6/2020 Masks $500
American Serb Hall 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave. 11/14/2020 Capacity $500
Jackson Center Days Inn & Suites 1840 N. 6th St. 12/28/2020 Masks $500
VIP Lounge 828 S. 1st St. 12/31/2020 Capacity $5,000
Dominos 3139 N. Oakland Ave. 1/5/2021 Masks $500
Gold’s Gym 731 N. Water St. 1/6/2021 Masks $500
D&J Cellular 1360 W. Windlake Ave. 1/7/2021 Masks $500
Beto’s Pizza 1234 S. Cesar Chavez Dr. 1/7/2021 Masks $500
Sweeney’s Gym 6050 S. Howell Ave. 1/7/2021 Masks $500
VIP Lounge 828 S. 1st St. 1/8/2021 Capacity $5,000
Braise 1101 S. 2nd St. 1/8/2021 Masks $500
Dorsia 1301-07 E. Brady St. 1/12/2021 Masks $500
AA Petromart 1227 W. Oklahoma Ave. 1/13/2021 Masks $500
K & A Petromart 702 W. Oklahoma Ave. 1/25/2021 Masks $500
George Webb 812 N. Old World Third St. 1/28/2021 Masks $500
Popeye’s 2399 W. North Ave. 2/2/2021 Masks $500
Us Gas & Food Mart 408 W. North Ave. 2/3/2021 Masks $500
Jackson Center Days Inn & Suite 1840 N. 6th St. 2/9/2021 Masks $500

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Categories: Food & Drink, Health

One thought on “City Hall: 38 Citations Issued for COVID-19 Violations”

  1. Mingus says:

    I think the Common Council should consider establishing an ordinance that would demand that a violating restaurant or bar have their liquor licenses suspended for a month or two.

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