CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant has been fined $1,500 following a complaint about a lack of social distancing and mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

The attorney general's office said it assessed the penalty against Grumpy's Bar & Grill in Plaistow after the restaurant on Nov. 14 was visited by a police officer who was following up on a photo taken the day before showing “overcrowding, standing and mingling in the bar area, no social distancing between tables, and no face coverings." The officer said the conditions were similar and that the only person wearing a face covering was the bartender.

The attorney general, in its letter to Grumpy's, said it also had been notified earlier in writing that 6 feet (2 meters) is required between tables; the number of people in the bar must be restricted in order to maintain the 6-foot distance; and standing and mingling in bar areas is prohibited.

Richard LeClaire, Grumpy's owner, said establishments in nearby Massachusetts had closed earlier under new rules and “so we ended up with a serious overflow that we weren't ready for." He said since then, “we've taken measures so that won't happen again."

Separately, three recent cases of the virus were associated with Grumpy’s, with possible community exposure on Nov. 10 and Nov. 14, state health officials said last week. The restaurant had said on its Facebook page that the entire establishment has since had a “deep sanitizing clean.”

Last week, the attorney general's office had fined a bakery, bagel shop and pizza place $500 each after repeated complaints about staff not wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.



Several New Hampshire medical associations have put out a plea to residents to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association, the New Hampshire Medical Society and the New Hampshire Nurses Association in a statement on Monday asked the public to continue following health guidance known to slow the community transmission of the virus.

Doctors, nurses and hospitals are “tired, stressed, and worried about the health of their patients," the statement said. It will take every New Hampshire resident to “play their part in protecting their own health, as well as protecting the health of the caregivers who are providing care to extremely vulnerable patients," the medical groups said.



For the first time in 26 years, a “Journey to the North Pole" fundraiser held by a nonprofit literacy foundation in New Hampshire has canceled for the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are acutely aware of the added economic blow to local business, our business partners, and the hearts and souls of our guests, certainly not to mention the effect it will have on our already strained literacy programs," A.O. Lucy, executive director of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, said in a recent statement.

Ticketholders for the North Country train trips will receive vouchers redeemable for 2021 or 2022.



More than 18,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, including 362 new cases announced Tuesday. There was one new death, for a total of 513.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 197 on Nov. 9 to 430 on Tuesday.