Proactive By-Law Enforcement Blitz
Windsor by-law enforcement officers will be conducting proactive blitz enforcement related to pandemic regulations beginning Monday, November 23, 2020, and continuing for the foreseeable future.
Officers will be attending area businesses and facilities to ensure their COVID-19 safety plans are prepared and posted in a conspicuous place for patrons to take note. By-law officers will also be watching for physical distancing, mask usage and gathering numbers in public spaces.
“We’re moving from a position of potential education to one of definite enforcement,” said Manager of By-Law Enforcement Bill Tetler. “We’re going to ensure businesses are helping lead the way in fighting the spread of COVID-19.”
Under the Reopening Ontario Act, businesses must prepare and make available a safety plan describing the measures and procedures that have been or will be implemented to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19.
Officers will be laying fines under the act when non-compliance is found, and fines can range from 750 dollars to as high as 10 million dollars for a non-compliant corporation.
On Thursday, area mayors, including Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, called for a zero tolerance approach and stepped up enforcement for those not following COVID-19 regulations.
Learn more about the Reopening Ontario Plan at ontario.ca. Information on local health regulations is available from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit. Learn more about City of Windsor services impacted by COVID-19 at citywindsor.ca.