The City of Mississauga issued 37 tickets and seven notices of contravention (NOCs) over the weekend as it continues to be in lockdown.
According to the City, four tickets were issued to non-essential businesses, and the remaining 33 tickets were issued to individuals at private gatherings at four separate locations.
Mississauga has been in the Grey-Lockdown since Monday, November 23. Since that time, it says it has issued 126 charges and 90 NOCs.
“Now that we are three weeks into the lockdown, businesses and residents should be well aware of the restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of our community,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“Our enforcement staff are working to enforce these measures, to help keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I know, as the holidays approach, it is tempting to gather with family and friends, but I want to remind you that these actions will be met with a fine or, even worse, the spread of COVID-19 to your family and friends.”
As part of the province’s lockdown restrictions, no indoor organized events or private gatherings (except with members of the same household) are allowed, indoor and outdoor restaurant service is prohibited, and non-essential retail is permitted to be open for curbside pickup or delivery only.
The City of Mississauga said that failure to comply with these orders may result in a set fine (ticket) of $750.
“If the charge is laid by issuing a summons, a failure to comply with an emergency order could result in a fine up to $100,000 and up to one year imprisonment for an individual, $500,000 for a director or officer of a corporation or $10,000,000 for a corporation upon conviction,” it added in a release on Monday.
The City said violations were observed in gyms, restaurants, and retail stores.
“Since moving into Lockdown Level, our Enforcement Division has seen a significant increase in both public complaints and violations. This last weekend, violations were observed in various sectors including fitness, restaurants and cafes and retail stores, but the majority of tickets issued this weekend were for private gatherings,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement.
“The vast majority of businesses and residents are complying, but there are no exceptions to the rules. We will continue to enforce and issue tickets to those who violate the restrictions as they put the health and safety of all residents at risk.”