GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Gold Miner Restaurant in Grants Pass faces $17,900 in fines from Oregon OSHA for violations of the state's indoor capacity and mask requirements, according to the agency.
OSHA said that it received multiple complaints and a referral from Josephine County Public Health, prompting an inspection. Inspectors noted that the Gold Miner "willfully" allowed indoor dining from February 14 until March 12, while Josephine County was under Extreme Risk restrictions.
"On March 12, the county’s risk level was lowered from 'extreme' to 'high,'" OSHA said. "During the inspection, the restaurant’s owner, Nancie Bowers, said she was aware that allowing indoor dining during the extreme risk period went against workplace health requirements."
Oregon OSHA administrator Michael Wood imposed a $17,800 penalty for the willful violation, twice the minimum penalty.
“Most employers continue to comply with workplace health and safety standards that are specifically designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Yet, some have insisted on a different path, one that potentially puts workers at risk,” said Wood. “In those cases, we will continue to seek accountability through our enforcement work.”
The agency said that the Gold Miner also failed to follow face covering requirements, adding another $100 to the fine.
Employers have 30 days to appeal citations from OSHA.