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The mission of the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is to promote justice, ensure that the rights of victims are upheld by treating them with dignity, respect and compassion, and aggressively and fairly prosecuting those who violate the law.

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Contact: Emily Hickok, Deputy District Attorney (831) 647-7710

Post Date:06/15/2020 9:37 AM

Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced today that The Tuck Box restaurant, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and its owner Jeffrey Le Towt 
(collectively, “The Tuck Box”) have agreed to a stipulated final judgment that includes payment of up to $35,000 in civil penalties to resolve The Tuck Box’s violations of state and local COVID-19 emergency health orders. The violations included: providing dine-in restaurant service when such activity was prohibited by emergency health orders, failing to follow social distancing protocols such as maintaining six feet in between tables inside and outside the restaurant, and employees failing to wear face coverings while working.   

The stipulated final judgment also includes an injunction requiring The Tuck Box to comply with dine-in service restrictions (in the event that such restrictions are reissued to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases), as well as face covering and social distancing requirements.  

This settlement resolves the civil unfair competition action against The Tuck Box, as well as the criminal action filed against Jeffrey Le Towt for the same violations. The stipulated final judgment initially requires that The Tuck Box pay $15,000 in civil penalties. To ensure future compliance with the emergency health orders, the remaining $20,000 will become payable if The Tuck Box or its employees violate the terms of the injunction.  

District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni stated, “It remains critical that individuals and businesses continue to follow the state and local COVID-19 emergency health orders. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to respond to complaints regarding businesses violating the emergency health orders, including the social distancing protocols. We are all in this fight against COVID-19 together, and we must continue to look out for each other. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part.” 


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