Ford's government announced on Wednesday that Ontario's enforcement blitz is being expanded to include even more stores and workplaces.
The province has announced that over 300 officers will participate in the crackdown, targeting restaurants serving takeout, essential establishments like gas stations, and farms.
If we find any employers are putting the safety of workers and customers at risk, we will not hesitate to take immediate action.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton
Enforcement officers will be evaluating capacity limits, mask usage and sanitizing, among other measures.
"We know, from inspecting over 23,000 workplaces during 34,000 field visits, that the vast majority of Ontario businesses are following COVID-19 requirements to protect the health and safety of their workers," Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said.
However, not all companies are following the rules exactly as they should be.
Authorities fined Walmart, Costco, and Shoppers Drug Mart stores in York Region for non-compliance, which were $880 each.
The first enforcement blitz of 2021 will occur in Hastings and Prince Edward County while additional campaigns are being planned for 10 other communities.