Multiple charges have been laid after 147 Hamilton businesses were caught ignoring COVID-19 restrictions during a recent provincial enforcement blitz.
My message has been crystal clear: All businesses have to step up.
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training & Skills Development
However, despite the many infractions, only seven tickets were issued to just five businesses for failing to follow COVID-19 rules.
According to The Spectator, enforcement officers were instructed to focus primarily on retail stores.
The City of Hamilton also reported that a number of operators were failing to comply with Ontario's face coverings by-law.
Spots like Cause and Effect Kitchen & Bar and Jug City were both charged after it was discovered that workers were not wearing a mask.
Meanwhile, other spots like flea markets and social media platforms failed to adhere to screening protocol.
According to the City of Hamilton, face-covering fines can amount to around $200 to $500.