Big-box store weekend inspection blitz in Simcoe Muskoka

Inspectors will visit grocery stores, big-box stores and manufacturing plants

A workplace inspection blitz will continue this weekend and into early next week in Simcoe-Muskoka.

Inspectors with the Ministry of Labour, as well as police and by-law officers, will be checking to make sure there is compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines. According to an Ontario government news release, the inspectors will be visiting grocery stores, big-box stores, service stations, hotels, as well as warehousing and manufacturing facilities.

During inspections in other areas the most common violations were improper social distancing, people not wearing protective equipment, and failure to properly screen staff and customers.

The blitz will cover Barrie, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Bradford, Innisfil and other communities in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit coverage area.

The fines for failure to comply are $1,000 for corporations and $750 for individuals, including employees and customers. Those fines can increase upon conviction.

Last weekend, inspectors dropped in on nearly 700 businesses in Niagara, Ottawa, Windsor and Durham, and found 41 per cent of locations had at least one issue of non-compliance.