Orange County’s COVID-19 Strike Team to add weekend inspections

VIDEO: Orange County’s COVID-19 strike team to add weekend, nighttime inspections

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Businesses that haven’t had to worry about Orange County’s COVID-19 Strike Team popping in for a surprise visit to ensure its up to standards should be aware of some changes.

The team will start working weekends beginning this Saturday.

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The county has been receiving complaints about businesses that work outside the traditional Monday through Friday, 9-5 schedule.

The strike team is made up of code enforcement officers, the fire marshal and health department staff.

Video has shown crowds and no social distancing outside businesses during the weekends.

Mayor Jerry Demings said there could be consequences if failures aren’t fixed after the first visit, and it could lead to a criminal infraction.

The strike team said there has been some repeat offenders. Of the more than 2,000 businesses inspected, 168 have had to be re-inspected by the team.

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