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Worcester: 240 Complaints Filed Against Businesses Not Meeting COVID-19 Standards

The City of Worcester has received about 240 complaints against businesses accused of not following protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Worcester has received about 240 complaints against businesses accused of not following protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo Credit: Pixabay, photo illustration (photo taken pre-COVID-19 regulations)

The City of Worcester has received 240 complaints against businesses accused of not following protocols that would help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Six of those complaints were made against doctors.

Since May 1, the city has tracked complaints against the following types of businesses:

  • 112 Restaurants
  • 10 Salons/barbershops
  • 31 Retailers
  • 11 Residential businesses
  • 16 Autocare shops
  • 11 Gyms
  • 6 Doctors
  • 22 Other industries, including laundry, manufacturing, adult entertainment, and body art.

Of those companies reported, 53 received repeat complaints.

The city has conducted 338 complaint- and follow-up inspections.

The City Manager said that COVID-19 infection rates are going in the wrong direction in Worcester.

“The City reminds all residents that the numbers are trending in the wrong direction” City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr., said in a statement. “Vigilance must be maintained and folks are urged to wear face/coverings or masks, and to maintain social distancing. This is particularly important when going to parties, beaches, restaurants, and engaging in other social activities."

The number of new COVID-19 cases has gone up over the last three weeks. Since June 25, there have been 5,172 new positive cases reported in the city. 

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