Danbury finds minor COVID violations in November business inspections

DANBURY — Most local businesses abided by coronavirus-related rules during the 230 inspections the city health department conducted in November.

“The majority of violations were minor and thus corrected on the spot,” Kara Prunty, acting health director, told City Council this week.

Contact tracing has shown no large outbreaks in restaurants, although food workers have tested positive, she said. Restaurants have then followed proper protocol, she said.

Instead, the virus has spread through gatherings between close friends and family, Prunty said.

The health department has launched a trilingual campaign asking residents to #DoYourPartDanbury to prevent the spread of the virus. The effort reminds residents to wear masks, avoid gatherings and to get tested at free sites.

Residents are encouraged to report concerns about businesses online.

Health department officials follow up on every complaint, Prunty said. When complaints are considered valid, officials educate business owners and conduct an unannounced follow-up inspection, she said. Businesses are charged a re-inspection fee.

No businesses have needed to close, Prunty said. However, if violations are repeated during those re-inspections, the business could be shut down until a corrective plan is completed, she said.

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