COVID-19 enforcement continues with 526 inspections and 14 charges
September 23, 2021 By Blue Line Staff
Sept. 21, 2021 – At the direction of York Regional Council, the York Region COVID-19 enforcement task force continues to inspect businesses across the Region to ensure compliance with current public health restrictions and measures.
Between Monday, September 6, 2021, and Sunday, September 19, 2021, members of the task force visited 526 businesses across York Region.
Inspections carried out indicate many businesses and customers in York Region are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols. However, there were 14 charges laid against residents and businesses and 237 compliance education activities were completed.
Since March 2020, Public Health Inspectors, municipal bylaw officers and other enforcement agencies have completed 71,998 inspections, resulting in 1,492 charges and 31,440 compliance education activities.
The task force will be working with businesses to educate them on the Province of Ontario’s proof of vaccine requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA), effective Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Inspections will continue to educate businesses on the requirements under the ROA, including proof of vaccination requirements, and will work to respond to complaints.
Businesses failing to keep their customers and employees safe by not adhering to the mandated COVID-19 safety measures will be subject to fines. Repeat offenders could face temporary closure.
Task force members are composed of representatives of bylaw officers from all nine municipalities in the Region, York Region Public Health Inspectors, York Regional Police, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Provincial Offense Act court prosecutions.
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