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York Region to charge businesses that fail to take steps to prevent or stop spread of COVID-19



Newmarket – Dr. Karim Kurji, the Medical Officer of Health for The Regional Municipality of York, has issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Province of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The Class Order is effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and requires:

Meeting and event spaces, and other businesses, places, facilities or establishments, including special event venues, banquet halls, hotel conference rooms and convention centres which rent or otherwise make available any meeting and/or event space to: 

  • Ensure all indoor and outdoor gatherings for religious services, ceremonies or rites in weddings, funerals and celebrations of life do not exceed the number of persons that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from each other  
  • Ensure that, in no event, shall the gathering exceed a maximum of 50 persons
  • Comply with any applicable gathering limits under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROE)
  • Follow all further instructions from York Region Public Health pertaining to COVID-19 that apply to your business, place, facility or establishment

Shopping malls to:

  • Immediately set a maximum capacity for patrons in the shopping mall and monitor the capacity limit to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained by patrons and mall staff in common areas, stores, washrooms, hallways and entrances at all times
  • Immediately ensure all stores within the shopping mall set a maximum capacity limit, and actively monitor that capacity limit to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained by patrons and mall staff at all times
  • Actively manage all line-ups or patrons congregating and ensure all patrons waiting in line-ups inside or outside shopping malls maintain physical distancing of least 2 metres
  • Follow all further instructions from York Region Public Health pertaining to COVID-19 that apply to shopping malls

Retail stores to:

  • Immediately set a maximum capacity for patrons and actively monitor the capacity limit to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained by patrons and mall staff in common areas, stores, washrooms, hallways and entrances at all times
  • Follow all further instructions from York Region Public Health pertaining to COVID-19 that apply to retail stores

Dr. Kurji’s Class Order is the next step in a series of enhanced measures put in place by York Region to limit the spread of COVID-19. Failure to comply with the Class Order is an offence for which offenders may be liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to $5,000 (for a person) or $25,000 (for a corporation) for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.

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 york.ca/regionalservices

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The Regional Municipality of York
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