Niagara Region continues to enforce provincial COVID-19 regulations
As Niagara works to flatten the curve of infections brought about by the second wave of COVID-19, Niagara Region’s Business Licensing team has been working in collaboration with by-law offices from all of Niagara’s local area municipalities to actively enforce the Province’s emergency regulations.
Between Sept. 18 and Nov. 7, Regional by-law officers conducted 126 inspections of Niagara businesses in every municipality, including bars and restaurants, retail locations and others. Those inspections have resulted in seven Part I Provincial Offence tickets ($750 fine) and three Part III summons (elevated fine) being issued for infractions under the Reopening Ontario Act, O.Reg. 364/20.
Since March, Niagara Region has redeployed staff to assist with the enforcement of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario Act, and Niagara Region’s Face-Covering By-law.
Niagara Region’s by-law officers will also be supporting enforcement of Public Health’s order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The aim of enforcement is not to punish local businesses, but rather to ensure that they are able to stay open safely. Learn more about the order by watching a brief video from Niagara’s Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji.
Staff have also provided support to the local area municipalities with enforcement and are currently working toward sharing this information between all Niagara municipalities. Residents are able to submit complaints regarding COVID-19 measures by contacting their local municipality’s by-law office, or calling Niagara Region’s dispatch line after hours at 905-984-3690 or 1-877-552-5579.
Niagara Region reminds residents and businesses that our personal actions are the biggest determinant of COVID-19 spread, and our choices of how we interact socially with others will determine if we control COVID-19 and save lives, or if we will allow COVID-19 to spread further and necessitate more provincially-imposed restrictions on our social lives and economy.
more about Niagara Region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew Korchok (media only)
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