Eight Ottawa businesses facing charges following COVID-19 enforcement blitz

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Eight Ottawa businesses are accused of violating COVID-19 safety measures following a two-day blitz by Ottawa Bylaw Services.

Officers visited businesses across the city during the weekend of March 6 and 7 to ensure establishments are following the rules of Ottawa’s Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw and provincial orders during the pandemic.

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw Services Director Roger Chapman said officers issued 15 fines to eight businesses.

“Officers in plan clothes discovered some businesses were beyond the opening hours, not adhering to public health guidelines and hosting large gatherings,” said Chapman.

Ottawa Bylaw did not provide the names of the businesses or the exact violations for each establishment charged with violating the public health measures.

“While most businesses are adhering to the rules, the violations observed by some businesses present significant concerns for public safety,” said Chapman.

“Bylaw and Regulatory Services is monitoring the situation and reminding businesses to adhere to the provincial orders, the Temporary Mandatory Masking Bylaw as well as the Liquor License Act.”

Ottawa is currently in the “orange-prevent” zone in Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening framework.¬† Under the provincial orders, Last call for bars and restaurants is 9 p.m., and all establishments must close at 10 p.m. ¬†Other rules include a maximum of four people sitting at each table, mandatory masking except when eating or drinking and establishments must collect contact information for all patrons.

Ottawa’s Temporary Mandatory Mask Bylaw says operators must provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer at all public entrances and notify customers of the mandatory mask requirement if they are not wearing a mask.

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