Cease and desist letter directs county’s top health official to stop COVID-19 mitigation enforcement activities, remove list of violators
ROCKFORD — A downstate attorney has sent a cease and desist letter to Winnebago County Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell advising her to not proceed with any COVID-19 mitigation enforcement against three area bars.
The three establishments — Casey’s Pub and Fozzy’s Bar and Grill of Loves Park and Nora’s Place of South Beloit — were named by Martell on Monday as businesses under investigation for non-compliance of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order regarding statewide efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Martell named 30 area businesses in total, saying that the Winnebago County Health Department would be following up with those businesses and seeking corrective action where necessary.
The letter, dated Oct. 6, accuses Martell of trying to intimidate area businesses and questions her authority to take any