The Ontario government announced on Wednesday that it's planning on doing inspection blitzes well into the summer. 

One hundred new occupational health and safety inspectors have been hired and will be deployed across the province on July 1. 

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The government states that these officers will continue to educate small businesses on how to reopen safely after lockdown.

"As the province continues to reopen, we need businesses of all sizes to do better as there are no shortcuts to safety," said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development.

The new employees will bring the total number of inspectors to over 500, the largest inspection team in Ontario history. 

Over the next few weeks, officers will be returning to businesses in the Eastern Ontario, Durham Region and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph areas, and will be issuing tickets to those who aren't following safety rules. 

Big box stores, the farming sector and high areas of transmission, such as break rooms, will be targeted. 

Currently, officers have issued 9,480 orders and 373 tickets this year.