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