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Over 50 charges for COVID-19 violations laid in York Region last week

Charges include a private residence owner in Aurora where a gathering was held
2020 01 16 York Region enforcement task force officer

York Region has announced 52 charges were laid in the past week for people and businesses caught violating various COVID-19 protocols. 

Between May 17 and May 23, the region’s COVID-19 enforcement task force completed 1,155 inspections and issued over 50 charges under the province’s Reopen Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. 

One charge was laid at a private residence on Aurora Heights Drive in Aurora for an illegal gathering and another was laid at a private recreational amenity on Smith Blvd. in Georgina for failure to comply with provincial regulations. 

York Region Public Health charged Crystal Ladder Learning Centre in Vaughan for failing to exclude staff from work. 

Also in Vaughan, bylaw officers laid two charges at the shopping complex Improve Canada at 7250 Keele St. One was for failing to post a COVID-19 safety plan and the other was for failing to comply with provincial regulations. 

Vaughan bylaw officers also charged ZipClean, located at the same address, with failing to operate a business in compliance with guidance from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

In Richmond Hill, bylaw enforcement charged Meadow Wellness Centre at 10225 Yonge St. for having a business open contrary to provincial orders. 

Bylaw officers also laid two charges at Wonderful Spa at 155 East Beaver Creek Rd. for violating the stay-at-home order. 

Each of those charges was $880.

No Newmarket businesses were named in last week’s enforcement efforts. 

The summary of charges in the past week: 

  • 1 charge issued by York Region Public Health 
  • 6 charges issued by York Region Transit
  • 37 charges issued by York Regional Police
  • 1 charge issued by the Town of Aurora
  • 1 charge issued by the Town of Georgina 
  • 3 charges issued by the City of Richmond Hill
  • 3 charges issued by the City of Vaughan

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