Coronavirus Canada Updates: Bars penalized for breaking COVID rules

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Bars penalized for breaking COVID rules
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Bars penalized for breaking COVID rules

Two local businesses were penalized on Wednesday for breaking the province’s COVID-19 regulations.

Greater Sudbury Police, in collaboration with Sudbury’s bylaw services, Public Health Sudbury and Districts, and the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario, charged the owner of a pub on Cedar Street for failure to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act.

The owner was released on an undertaking and has a scheduled court date on May 4.

“The decision to charge the owner of the pub rather than issue a fine was based on numerous complaints received by our agencies regarding a complete disregard of the regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act,” police said in a release.

“The owner and staff of the business were educated, spoken to and then warned by various members agencies over the past couple of months.”

The manager of a sports bar on Notre Dame Avenue was also issued a ticket for failure to comply with a set fine of $750.

Because the charge and the fine were issued under a provincial act, Sudbury police will not release the names of the individuals or the businesses involved.

“We will continue to proactively and reactively inspect businesses in Greater Sudbury in order to ensure COVID-19 safety precautions are in place and that businesses and patrons are following Ontario Regulation 364/20,” police said.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the owners and staff of businesses that continue to adapt throughout the pandemic and who are working hard to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our community.”

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