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Indiana county OKs fining businesses violating mask order

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Businesses in a northern Indiana county could now face fines if they fail to enforce a county mask order requiring employees of businesses to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The St. Joseph County Commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday allowing the county health department to fine businesses violating the order between $50 and $250 for each day that the business remains out of compliance.

Under the ordinance, the health department can only fine businesses whose employees are not wearing masks.

Businesses would not face fines if their customers fail to wear masks.

The ordinance comes as coronavirus cases are surging across Indiana.

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