Health officials have issued a court appearance notice at a Crystal Lake health store for failing to demand face masks. They are the first in McHenry County to be brought to justice over a COVID-19 violation.
The Crystal Lake Health Food Store, located at 25 East Crystal Lake Avenue, faces a Class A misdemeanor for violating COVID-19 guidelines, court records show.
The McHenry County Department of Health has generally focused on educating businesses about state guidelines relating to the virus, however, they have recently started forwarding several complaints to the state attorney’s office in McHenry County.
A lawsuit for violation of an order filed in McHenry County Court alleges that Crystal Lake Health Food Store does not require its customers or employees to wear face masks.
McHenry County Civil Division chief Norm Vinton said the citation against the company was “the last resort,” according to the Northwest Herald.
The Crystal Lake Health Store is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7 and could face a fine of $ 75 to $ 2,500, according to court records.
“We welcome everyone to our store and we pay particular attention to personal and medical freedoms. We empower our employees and customers to make their own health decisions, ”Dave Childress, manager of Crystal Lake health food store, told the Northwest Herald.
“Our store has always offered and will continue to offer curbside, door-to-door and mail order deliveries to all of our customers who are unable or unwilling to enter the store,” added Childress.
McHenry County State Attorney Patrick Kenneally announced on November 25 that he would not enforce Gov. JB Pritzker’s indoor eating ban, calling his powers questionable.
However, Kenneally said at the time that his office would enforce all other related administrative rules, ordinances and laws.
These rules include business occupancy limits and employees and customers are required to wear masks and maintain a social distance of six feet.
Patricia Nomm, director of environmental health at the McHenry County Health Department, said health officials were serving court notices on several other companies, the Herald reported.