The owner of Ridge Hardware said he planned on reopening the shop this week in violation of the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s order to close on Saturday morning for COVID-19 violations, which he says are unfounded.

At his shuttered hardware store on Sunday, owner Donnie Tennyson said health officials shut his store down following numerous inspections, where health department employees took notice of two employees not wearing masks, along with other alleged violations such as signage requirements and floor markings.

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