2 residences, 8 businesses charged for violating COVID-19 orders

Jan 7 2021, 7:41 am

Officials in York Region have charged a total of 10 businesses and residences with violating COVID-19 health and safety orders in a one-week period.

Bylaw officers and public health officials from Aurora, Vaughan, Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Newmarket laid charges against eight businesses and two residences between December 28, 2020, and January 3, 2021.

They were all charged under the Reopening Ontario Act and received a fine totalling $880.

Violations include a restaurant in Aurora that was open for indoor dining and another in Vaughan that was fined for overcrowding.

A charge was laid against a spa in Newmarket that was open despite not being an essential business. A Vaughan motor company received a fine after public health officers deemed that proper cleaning and disinfection practices were not being followed.

A residence in Vaughan was charged after an indoor social gathering was held. A second residence, this time in Whitchurch-Stouffville, is facing two charges for breaching the province’s gathering limits.

York Region has been in the Grey-Lockdown zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework since December 14. A province-wide lockdown went into effect on December 26, and will be in place for 28 days in southern Ontario.

Under lockdown measures, non-essential businesses are closed, retail stores can only offer curbside pick-up or delivery, and restaurants can only be open for pick-up, drive-through, and delivery.

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are restricted to members of the same household. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, as long as physical distancing is maintained.