35 businesses charged for violating COVID-19 orders in a single week

Dec 27 2020, 1:45 pm

Officials in York Region charged more than 30 businesses with violating COVID-19 health and safety orders in a one-week period.

Bylaw officers and public health officials laid charges against 35 businesses between December 14 and 20 under the Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The businesses, which are in Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Aurora, each face a fine of $880.

The offences include a marital arts academy that failed to close, and a property management company that didn’t comply with reopening conditions.

A restaurant was charged because staff weren’t wearing face masks, as were two car dealerships.

A department store was fined for not complying with gathering limits, and a grocery store charged for not monitoring entrances.

On December 14, York Region entered the Grey zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework. A province-wide lockdown went into effect on December 26.

The “time limited” measures will be in place for 14 days in northern Ontario, and 28 days in the southern part of the province. The measures will be evaluated throughout the two- and four-week time periods.

Under a lockdown, indoor and outdoor dining are prohibited, as is in-person shopping. Personal care services and gyms are banned from operating.

Grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and liquor stores are allowed to remain open at a reduced capacity.