Belle Ewart fitness studio hit with fine after police say it remained open despite warning

Charges come following information from the public, verified through police investigation

They were warned: South Simcoe Police have charged a business in Belle Ewart for remaining open despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Officers went to High Vibrations Dance Studio on Wednesday to serve two provincial offences notices under the Reopening Ontario Act. Police say the business remained open during lockdown and without any COVID-19 protocols in place.

Police say the fines came following information received from the public and confirmed through investigation, that the business was violating provincial laws. High Vibrations was first cautioned about its actions last week.

A spokesperson for the South Simcoe Police Service says the minimum fine in this case is $750, with a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail or a $100,000 fine. They add the courts have full discretion.

“South Simcoe Police Service will continue to educate, and where necessary, enforce the Stay-at-Home orders to help keep our communities safe and to support our local health and by-law units,” reads a statement from South Simcoe Police. “Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the stop of this deadly virus.”