Weekend COVID-19 enforcement blitz wraps up

The York Region COVID-19 enforcement task force increased inspection activity over the weekend. Members of the task force concluded the weekend blitz with an additional 172 inspections at businesses across the Region to ensure compliance with current public health restrictions and measures.

Inspections carried out indicate most businesses and customers across York Region are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols. However, there were 10 additional charges laid against residents and businesses as of end of day Sunday, November 29, 2020.

Since Friday, November 27, on-going enforcement activities resulted in 1,039 inspections, 42 charges and 737 education and compliance activities. Compliance education activities are lower than previously reported on Sunday due to data corrections.

“Protecting the health and safety of residents remains the top priority of York Regional Council and increased enforcement activity sends a strong message to those who choose not to comply with public health measures,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We all must do our part to bring case numbers down.”

The following York Region businesses were issued charges underthe provincial Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act:

  • Promenade Mall, City of Vaughan(4 charges)
  • Miniso, Promenade Mall location, City of Vaughan
  • T&T, Promenade Mall location, City of Vaughan
  • Dollarama, Promenade Mall location, City of Vaughan
  • Jolly Bee Foods, Promenade Mall location, City of Vaughan
  • Longo’s, 2810 Major Mackenzie Drive location, City of Vaughan
  • Dollarama, 1400 Major Mackenzie Drive location, City of Vaughan

“There is currently a high incidence of COVID-19 in our communities and every trip outside the home increases your chances of coming into close contact with someone who has the virus,” said York Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji. “The best advice is to remain home and only shop for essential reasons.”

Throughout the weekend, officers from the COVID-19 task force visited malls, big box and retail stores, restaurants, food premises, fitness centres and various other locations to ensure public health measures are being met.

A complete list of charges and closures is available on york.ca/COVID19


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