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Owners for both businesses told the Journal-News they were not told specifics of the complaint, and insist they did not violate any part of Acton’s orders.
Smiley said the health district staff received complaints prior to the March 23 Stay at Home order, and the district’s environmental health division investigated. The health district did not provide the Journal-News with details of the respective complaints.
Doug Getz, Rick’s Tavern co-owner, said he offered a video of the alleged violation but claims the investigators chose not to review it.
Jim Grimes, owner of C&C Lounge, a pub and motel, said there were only a handful of people during the alleged violation date and were closed by 8 p.m. Since then, only maintenance crews have worked, Grimes said.
He also had to lay off his last bar employee on Monday.
“It breaks my heart,” Grimes said. “But I have no money coming in.”