Complaints, viral Instagram post force Portland officials to guarantee Old Port coronavirus standard crackdown – WCSH-WLBZ

27June 2020

An Instagram post shows ratings of people around Wharf St. dining establishments in Portland on Friday night without any social distancing and no indications of coronavirus masks

PORTLAND, Maine– City of Portland officials are warning Old Port companies Saturday; follow the state’s

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=”34 “> An Instagram picture posted late Friday night seems to show dozens, perhaps numerous individuals around the Wharf St. area with no social distancing and no signs of any masks of any kind. User ilmalopez said in her post,” Please as a mama, as a wife of someone that struggles with allergic reactions and has a difficult time breathing as a immigrant and child from immigrants moms and dads whom the system will not protect if we get sick, as an entrepreneur that has actually been closed for 3 months and 2 weeks and figuring how to keep their group, guest and city safe … please use a mask, please practice social distance. I enjoy to see you are out and supporting local businesses, thank you for that. Simply be conscious that we wish to remain open and we want to be here for you,, * keep yourselves and others safe * be kind, be respectful.”

NEWS CENTER Maine has connected to the user, however has actually not heard back at this time to verify the precise time and location of the picture. NEWS CENTER Maine staff members have seen other verified photos of the area Friday night that illustrated a similar scene.

Jessica Grondin, a spokesperson for the City of Portland, told NEWS CENTER Maine that the city business licensing team spoke to a number of owners this morning, so the city has no factor to believe (the Instagram post) is

fake. Portland City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau saw the post Saturday and took to Facebook to plead with patrons to follow the

coronavirus standards.”Don’t destroy the hard work we have actually all been doing. Use a DAMN mask. Duration. End of post,”stated Thibodeau.

Grondin furthermore said in

a news release Saturday afternoon, that the City got multiple reports of violations in the Wharf St. location.”The City will have 2 code enforcement officers plus the police department on Wharf Street tonight to implement the state’s resuming strategy,”stated Grondin.”The City has taken steps to educate organisations on the resuming strategy by the state. City personnel spoke again today to businesses to make sure they understand the requirements and the ramifications if they do not

enforce on their own.” Grondin said in the release, if the businesses

in the location do not follow the guidelines, the City will be required to get rid of outside dining. The state standards plainly specify that patrons of dining establishments must be using

some face-covering if social distancing can not be achieved.

Some Portland facilities have adapted.

At the Porthole Dining Establishment and Pub, the owner said he needed to take out tables for social distancing.

“We have high tops along the edge. We had to secure every other one, so we lost eight tables there. Whatever else we could spread out, so they were 6 feet or more,”said owner Kenneth MacGowen.

He stated his personnel is using masks and get their temperature checked when they report for work.

He also stated consumers couldn’t stay at a table for more than an hour and a half.

“We’re called being a location to come and drink. It was difficult to let individuals know we weren’t today; we’re a restaurant. Come and consume, have a beverage with it, and carry on so another person can be found in,” said MacGowen. Grondin restated there would be increased enforcement and police presence in the Old Port location Saturday night.

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