COVID-19 inspections to focus on warehouses, distribution centres in Peel Region

 

TORONTO -- The next phase of the Ontario's workplace "inspection blitz" will focus on warehouses and distribution centres in Peel Region, where the sector has been hit with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says site visits began today. 

Inspections will focus on adherence to pandemic safety plans, looking at measures like physical distancing, screening for infection and mask-wearing. 

McNaughton says Peel has a high number of essential workers, and employers who fail to keep them safe will be ticketed or shut down. 

Corporations can be fined $1,000 on the spot for failing to comply with health orders.

The labour department says 218 tickets have been issued since inspections focused on big-box stores began last month. 

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