Members of the York Region COVID-19 enforcement task force laid multiple charges after inspecting businesses for compliance with public health measures.
Between November 30 and December 6, members of the task force visited 731 businesses across York Region, according to a press release.
While they found that most businesses were adhering to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols, officers laid 61 charges against residents and businesses and completed 318 “compliance education activities.”
Of the charges laid, two were issued by the Town of Aurora, 11 were issued by the City of Markham, 18 were issued by York Region Public Health, and 30 were issued by the City of Vaughan.
Since November 23, 2,414 inspections have been carried out, resulting in 145 charges and 1,269 compliance education activities, the release said.
Businesses that are found to not be adhering to COVID-19 safety measures will be subject to fines, and repeat offenders could face temporary closure.
Members of the task force will continue to visit malls, big box and retail stores, restaurants, fitness centres, and other locations across York Region to ensure public health measures are being met throughout the holiday shopping season.
“During the holiday season, it’s important to be cautious as we continue to experience an increase of COVID-19 in our communities,” York Region said.
“The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible.”
As of December 4, York Region had a higher COVID-19 positivity rate than Toronto did when it was placed into a second lockdown on November 23.
To date, Ontario has seen 132,800 coronavirus cases and 3,836 deaths.