SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield Police and Fire Departments are now working to make sure everyone is complying with Mayor Jim Langfelder’s latest executive order by doing spot checks of local bars and restaurants.
According to Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne, 95% of the establishments that inspectors went into this weekend were doing things the right way.
The biggest issue they found was some restaurants not having the proper signs put up.
Reyne said his inspectors went into about 30 restaurants this weekend and no citations were given out at all.
Springfield Police went into more than that and also did not have to give out any citations.
He said generally, people were working to comply with the order because everyone wants to be able to stay open.
“To not return to a situation where businesses are closed in our community,” Reyne said. “That is literally the worst case scenario for any city and that is why we are taking these steps to try and just help them survive.”
Reyne said the spot checks will continue, but the last thing any of them want to do is give out citations or worse, shut someone down.
However, with the compliance he saw this weekend, he doesn’t think that will be an issue.