March 28, 2023

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Businesses could face fines of up to $ 5,000 for violating COVID-19 regulations, York Region

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The York Region says businesses that fail to comply with regulations aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 could face a $ 5,000 fine per day.

On Sunday evening, Dr Kareem Kurzi, a medical officer with the area health department, said he had issued a class order stating that meeting limits and businesses such as event venues, malls and retail outlets should determine capacity limits and strictly observe physical distance.

The order, issued under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Care and Promotion Act, goes into effect Monday, November 23 at 12:01 p.m.

Kurzi said the move is the next step in a series of improved measures implemented by the York Region to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This area is at the Red-Control level of the Province’s COVID-19 Framework for Restrictions.

The order was announced a few hours before the Toronto and Peel area Enter the lockdown zone.

There are concerns that residents of those two COVID-19 hotspots will visit businesses in the York region. On Friday, Markham Mayor Frank Scorpitty asked the people of Toronto and Peel Do not travel to their area.

“The lockdown is for a reason. The red zone is here for a reason. The number of cases needs to be reduced. That should be everyone’s priority. I do not care what city, what neighborhood, what town you come from,” Scorpitti said.

York Region Superiors Wrote a letter to the Premier on Thursday, A day before the announcement of the lockdown actions, appealed that the area was still in the red zone.

Regional officials said they were confident that sanctions in the control sector would be sufficient to control the spread of COVID-19 and hoped the number of new cases would decrease in the coming days.

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Authorities are committed to additional enforcement in areas where collection limits are not complied with.

By his order, meeting and event venues, banquet halls, conference rooms and convention centers were to have 50 caps for each event.

Shopping malls and retail stores should look for physical distance in common areas, washrooms, halls and entrances as well as lineups.

Those who do not comply will be fined $ 5,000 per person or $ 25,000 per company per day, Kurzi said.

On Sunday, 130 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the York region.

– With files from CP24 staff