The Regional Municipality Of York


COVID-19 enforcement continues with 1,928 inspections and 45 charges between Monday, January 11, 2021 and Sunday, January 17, 2021

At the direction of York Regional Council, the York Region COVID-19 enforcement task force continues to inspect businesses across the Region to ensure compliance with current public health restrictions and measures.

Between Monday, January 11, 2021 and Sunday, January 17, 2021, members of the task force visited 1,928 businesses across York Region.

Inspections carried out indicate most businesses and customers in York Region are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols. However, there were 45 charges laid against residents and businesses and 653 compliance education activities completed.

The following provides a summary of the 45 charges issued under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act:

  • 11 charges issued by York Region Public Health
  • 1 charge issued by York Region Transit
  • 7 charges issued by York Regional Police
  • 5 charges issued by the Town of Aurora
  • 2 charges issued by the Town of Georgina
  • 13 charges issued by the City of Markham
  • 3 charges issues by the City of Richmond Hill
  • 3 charges issued by the City of Vaughan

Since March 2020, Public Health Inspectors, municipal bylaw officers and other enforcement agencies have completed 33,773 inspections, resulting in 794 charges and 17,977 compliance education activities.

Additional enforcement efforts over the weekend included increased Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspections of big-box retailers. The province is expected to report the details of these inspections in the coming days.

The declaration of provincial emergency issued Tuesday, January 12, 2021 provides authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals not complying with provincial stay-at-home orders or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors, as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce. Under the emergency declaration enforcement personal also have authority to temporarily close a premise and disperse individuals who are gathering.

Officers from the COVID-19 task force will continue to visit essential businesses and various other locations to ensure public health measures under the emergency declaration are being met.

A complete list of charges and closures is available on

Businesses failing to keep their customers and employees safe by not adhering to the mandated COVID-19 safety measures will be subject to fines. Repeat offenders could face temporary closure.

Task force members are composed of representatives of Bylaw officers from all nine municipalities in the Region, York Region Public Health Inspectors, York Regional Police, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Provincial Offense Act court prosecutions.

Guidance and resources to help essential businesses operate more safely during COVID-19 are available at and

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

Media Contact

Kylie-Anne Doerner, Corporate Communications
The Regional Municipality of York


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