Provincial inspectors in Simcoe-Muskoka this weekend checking COVID safety protocols at businesses

Big box stores, gas stations, grocery stores, hotels and manufacturers will be visited

Provincial inspectors will be in Barrie, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Huntsville and Orillia over the next couple of days ensuring businesses are following provincial COVID safety protocols.

Businesses visited will include big box stores, gas stations, grocery stores, hotels and manufacturers.

They will be expected to be complying with the COVID-19 safety requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, such as screening workers and patrons, requiring workers and patrons to wear masks and to maintain physical distancing.

Last weekend, provincial offences officers carried out 523 workplace visits in Toronto, Hamilton and Waterloo Region. They found 60 per cent of business had at least one contravention. Fifty-seven tickets and 57 health and safety orders were issued.

Corporations can be fined $1,000 for failing to comply with the orders under the Reopening Ontario Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Everyone in Ontario, including employees and patrons, can be fined $750 for failing to comply with orders under the acts.