York Region Public Health: COVID-19 fines imposed on big box stores ahead of Black Friday

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Black Friday in York Region draws crowds and now a few Costco’s and a supermarket in Markham have been accused of overcrowding.When it comes to shopping in York Region, which is currently under Red controlCOVID-19 measures, public health officials said they were patrolling for violations by big box stores and not necessarily shoppers.

“We sneaked in from Toronto for toilet paper,” a brave woman said Friday. “We don’t have toilet paper at home during weeks now. ”

York Region Medical Officer of Health Dr Karim Kurji tells 680 NEWS that patrolling people is not possible and the goal is rather to keep stores safe for shoppers in terms of crowd size control and ensuring people maintain their physical distance.

Kurji said under a special ‘Order under section 22The COVID-19 task force has already issued fees for two Costco sites and a T&T supermarket. The doctor said his team will close any other stores that violate these measures.

“There will be no hesitation at all,” Kurji said. “There is a lot of work going on, so we expect the collection [of the fines] would be assembled within hours.

The Department of Labor has confirmed that an enforcement blitz is planned in York Region this weekend to monitor businesses and ensure they are properly adhering to COVID-19 protocols and security measures.

Queues were building outside the Vaughan Mills mall in the hours before the mall opened at 8 a.m. However, unlike on most Black Fridays, there was no mad rush when the doors opened.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti is one of the many city leaders who care. He is asking people outside of York Region not to visit his town, although he admits there isn’t much he can do about cross-border buyers.

Although many companies are allowed to remain open under the ‘Red control“Area with enhanced security measures in place, it is up to individual companies whether they wish to remain open or not.

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