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Paso Robles tasting room owner threatened with fines, jail time for moving indoors during wildfires

A Paso Robles business owner is speaking out after defying state and county public health guidelines by opening inside.

Last weekend, Calwise Spirits Co. moved customers inside due to triple-digit temperatures mixed with unhealthy air quality from wildfires burning across the state.

If they do it again, owner Aaron Bergh could have to pay thousands of dollars in fines, lose his liquor license, and be charged with a misdemeanor.

“It’s like I’m in between a rock and a hard place,” Bergh said. “We either close down and we don’t make money or we open up and we get fined.”

He said he and his staff took safety measures while working inside.

“We were all wearing masks, we were sanitizing surfaces constantly, we had all of our tables spaced apart so there was social distancing,” Bergh said.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.