After shooting, Martinsville’s El Norteño temporarily shut down for repeated mask violations


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The El Norteño restaurant in Martinsville has been temporarily closed due to repeated COVID-19 mask violations.

El Norteño is the same restaurant where two people were shot and killed Friday, Feb. 5.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) says it has revoked the restaurant’s food permit due to repeated mask violations related to COVID-19 guidelines.

WFXR News has been told that a VDH staff member was inspecting the restaurant the night of the shooting.

El Norteño has also surrendered its liquor license.

This news comes after health officials with the West Piedmont Health District visited the restaurant on Oct. 9, 2020 due to complaints about social distancing violations, but when the health district’s manager returned the next day, he noticed the COVID-19 guidelines being followed and saw no need to remove the restaurant’s license.

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