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Georgina marina, Markham barbershop, Vaughan sports facility among 19 charges for COVID-19 violations

Members of the enforcement task force visited 1,461 businesses across York Region from May 3 to 9
May 12, 2021
Debora Kelly

Krate's Marina in Keswick, Royal Fades Barbershop in Markham and Paramount Sports in Vaughan are among businesses and individuals facing charges for COVID-19 violations last week in York Region.

York Region's enforcement task force laid 19 charges, completed 403 compliance education activities and visited 1,461 locations from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 9.

The marina at 290 The Queensway South faces a total fine of $880 for an unspecified violation laid by Georgina bylaw officers. Marinas are not permitted to open for recreational boating under the current lockdown orders, but may repair, service and launch boats.

Both Paramount Sports at 130 Racco Parkway in Vaughan, and Royal Fades Barbershop on Highway 7 East and Green Creek Spa at 7750 Kennedy Rd. in Markham were charged as non-essential businesses remaining open.

Bomond Restaurant and Lounge at 1200 Highway 7 in Vaughan was charged for obstructing a Vaughan bylaw officer in an attempt to enforce the emergency measures bylaw.

Champion Doner restaurant at 2810 Major Mackenzie Dr. West faces three fines of $880 each for failure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment in the course of providing services.

A May 11 public notice details the charges and closures.

Newmarket enforcement officers conducted 208 inspections and issued 28 compliance education notices.

The summary of the 19 charges issued under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act is:
2 charges issued by York Region Public Health
3 charges issued by York Region Transit
7 charges issued by York Regional Police
1 charge issued by the Town of Georgina
2 charges issued by the City of Markham
4 charges issued by the City of Vaughan
Since March 2020, public health inspectors, municipal bylaw officers and other enforcement agencies have completed 62,417 inspections, resulting in 1,293 charges and 28,083 compliance education activities.