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Provincial COVID-19 enforcement blitz coming to eastern Ontario including Smiths Falls

The inspections are focused on education and outreach – confirming that businesses are doing the right things and keeping employees, and customers safe.
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Businesses in Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Perth, and Almonte can expect provincial by-law officers making the rounds Tuesday and Thursday to ensure they are compliant with COVID-19 rules. 

Last November, inspections were held in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area to increase education and compliance with COVID-19 safety measures. Now by-law officers are back to enforce them, with that area having recently moved into the red zone of Ontario's COVID-19 response framework. 

A team of 18 compliance officers will be visiting local businesses and workplaces, including retail stores, restaurants, and gyms. The most common issue, says the province, is improper mask use and lack of a safety plan. 

Under the Reopening Ontario Act, all businesses must: 

  • Screen employees and patrons for symptoms
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Ensure physical distance
  • Post capacity limits 
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Have a safety plan

Provincial officials say charges can be laid if there is a blatant disregard for public health measures and non-compliance.

Another visit from Ontario by-law officers in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit area has been set for April 14 and 15. 


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