Mayor authorizes fines for businesses

Stores must implement policies, enforcement measures

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has issued an order requiring businesses to take steps to ensure patrons follow social-distancing protocols or face fines up to $500.
Mayor Jim Langfelder has issued an order authorizing fines against businesses.
Mayor Jim Langfelder has issued an order authorizing fines against businesses.

Under the order, businesses must establish written policies aimed at ensuring that six-foot distancing guidelines are followed and enforced by employees. Businesses must also post signs at entrances recommending face masks, prohibiting no more than two family members from entering a business at one time and discouraging children from entering. The fire department will enforce requirements and respond to complaints. If business owners don’t respond to written warnings are subject to $500 fines.

The order also prohibits waste and garbage haulers from cutting off service to customers who are in arrears.

The order follows a directive issued Wednesday authorizing $500 fines for people present at gatherings of more than 10 or who don't observe six-foot distancing protocols.

Contact Bruce Rushton at

Illinois Times has provided readers with independent journalism for more than 40 years, from news and politics to arts and culture.

Now more than ever, we’re asking for your support to continue providing our community with real news that everyone can access, free of charge.

We’re also offering a home delivery option as an added convenience for friends of the paper.

Click here to subscribe, or simply show your support for Illinois Times.

Got something to say?
Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment