The Regional Municipality Of York


COVID-19 enforcement continues with 700 inspections and 11 charges between Monday, December 28, 2020 and Sunday, January 3, 2021

Newmarket– 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, December 28, 2020 and January 3, 2021, members of the task force visited 700 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 11 charges laid against residents and businesses and 392 compliance education activities completed.

The following provides a summary of the 11 charges issued under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act:

  • 3 charges issued by York Region Public Health
  • 1 charge issued by the Town of Aurora
  • 3 charges issued by the City of Markham
  • 1 charge issued by the Town of Newmarket
  • 1 charge issued by the City of Vaughan
  • 2 charges issued by the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville 

Since March 2020, Public Health Inspectors, municipal bylaw officers and other enforcement agencies have completed 30,070 inspections, resulting in 722 charges and 16,754 compliance education activities.

Officers from the COVID-19 task force will continue to visit essential businesses and various other locations to ensure public health measures under the province-wide shutdown 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

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Media Contact:
Kylie-Anne Doerner, Corporate Communications
The Regional Municipality of York
Cell: 289-716-6035

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