York Region shares list of box stores fined over violations of COVID-19 rules News Staff

TORONTO — Enforcement of COVID-19 rules is ramping up in the Greater Toronto Area, with several big box retailers facing fines over alleged violations.

York Region shared a list of retailers fined over the last week for violations of Ontario’s Reopening Ontario Act, among them major pharmacy and grocery locations.

Retailers are facing $880 individual fines for infractions that include not having a safety plan, inadequate cleaning, improper mask-wearing by employees and failing to post signage about the rules. 

Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys and Costco locations are among those ticketed. 

The details come amid a government-led enforcement blitz of retailers that is set to expand across the province over the coming weeks. 

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton will give an update on the recent inspections at a news conference this morning.  

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021. 

The Canadian Press

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