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HEALTH DEPT. PURSUES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DEPOT DISTRICT BUSINESS OWNER

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Health Department Executive Director Christine Stinson indicated Monday that she plans to pursue legal action against a Richmond business owner for alleged violations of Covid-19 gathering restrictions.  Under current guidelines, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.  Stinson said she had received a complaint alleging that New Boswell Brewery and Tap Room planned to violate that restriction.  Stinson said Monday that, on the day before New Year’s Eve, she talked with New Boswell owner Rick Parker and reminded him of the restriction.  Parker, according to Stinson, said the planned New Year’s Eve event would continue.  Stinson said she and other Health Department personnel then went to New Boswell on New Year’s Eve and observed between 70-100 people.  Stinson said she then issued a verbal warning – and then a written warning and citation – all of which were ignored by Parker.  Stinson asked the Richmond Police Department to intervene, but said Monday that RPD declined to do so.  Stinson said that the matter is being referred to the county attorney.  Kicks 96 and The Point News called New Boswell Monday.  Parker did not return the call seeking comment.

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