PROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has issued compliance orders to 10 restaurants and bars so far this week, including the Portsmouth Publick House in Portsmouth, for failing to comply with a range of public health directives related to COVID-19. Additional compliance orders may be issued.\n\nIn many instances, inspectors observed staff and patrons not wearing masks, staff and patrons not practicing social distancing, and establishments not screening patrons for symptoms of COVID-19.\nPortsmouth Publick House received a compliance order for not posting all required posters, serving within a gap or opening in the barrier, and not maintaining working bar areas at least six feet from gaps, according to the order, which can be read here:\n\n\nMany of the establishments that were issued orders did not meet the requirements for separation at their bar areas. (Customers were seated at bar areas and were being served from behind the bar without the necessary physical barriers in place.)\u00a0 A full list of requirements for restaurants is\u00a0available online.\n\n\u201cThere are restaurants throughout Rhode Island that are doing a great job welcoming and serving customers in a way that is healthy and safe,\u201d said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. \u201cThe few that are not are hurting the entire industry, jeopardizing the safety of their customers, and setting Rhode Island back in our work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As residents, business owners, and a state, we need to be more vigilant now than ever.\u201d\n\nRestaurants and bars can either receive a compliance order or an immediate compliance order. An establishment that receives a compliance order can remain open but will be re-inspected in 10 days to ensure that the establishment is meeting all health and safety requirements. An establishment that receives an immediate compliance order must close immediately because the violations documented represent an imminent threat to public health. In some situations, restaurants and bars that were generally compliant with safety regulations received partial immediate compliance orders or combination orders which allow them to remain open but require that bar areas be closed until the establishment can comply with all safety regulations.\n\nCompliance Orders\n\n\n \tTheater Tap Bar, in Pawtucket\n \tPasha Hookah Lounge and Bar, in Providence\n \tBoulevard Grille and Cigar Lounge, in Pawtucket\n\n\nImmediate Compliance Order\n\n\n \tPortsmouth Publick House in Portsmouth\n \tTafino Restaurant and Lounge, in Providence\n\n\nPartial Immediate Compliance Orders\n\n\n \tPJs Pub, in Narragansett\n \tMorse Tavern, in Coventry\n\n\nCombination Compliance Order and Immediate Compliance Orders\n\n\n \tBuffalo Wild Wings, in Warwick\n \tFairlawn Golf Course, in Lincoln\n \tO\u2019Rourke\u2019s Bar and Gill, in Warwick\n \tLifestyle Nutrition, in Providence\n\n\nThese compliance orders and all other COVID-19 related compliance orders are posted online on the website of the\u00a0Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.