Hamilton diner, nail salons, pubs and grocery store fined for COVID-19 violations

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Published November 15, 2021 at 7:57 pm

Fines to Hamilton businesses for violating COVID-19 safety rules have decreased more than 40 per cent in the last two weeks.

Three establishments received multiple fines for violating the Reopening Ontario Act during the last week. All told, though, City of Hamilton bylaw officers issued 19 fines (charges and tickets) to 13 businesses during the week of Nov. 8 to 14.

Two weeks earlier, there were 35 charges meted out across 22 businesses.

The Donut Diner on Stone Church Road East, though, was charged twice under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) on Sunday (Nov. 14). It was fined for inadequate contact tracing and vaccine verification violations.

Amori Cuts, a barbershop on Concession St., received two ROA fines on Nov. 11. One was for face coverings violations and the other was for COVID-19 safety plan violations. The charges came 12 days after it had received three fines under the city’s face coverings bylaw.

Nailicious, on Upper Wentworth St., also had two ROA fines — one for no contact tracing, and another for COVID-19 safety plan violations.

A fine for violating the ROA ranges from $750 to $1,500. A fine for breaching a city bylaw, such as the requirement to wear a mask indoors, ranges from $200 to $500.

Other fines that were handed out in the last week included:

  • The Doors Pub on Hess St. S. was fined under the ROA on Nov. 13 for vaccine verification violations. That same day, the Glendale Pub on Greenville Ave. was fined for not conducting contact tracing.
  • Noni’s Pizzaria in Stoney Creek, as well as the Farmboy grocery store on Mohawk Rd. W., were both fined under the ROA for face coverings violations.
  • Star Nails on Concession St. received an ROA charge for COVID-19 safety plan violations.
  • Papa John’s Pizza on Barton St. E. received three fines for a failure to wear a face covering.
  • Tom’s Corner Bar & Grill on Fennell Ave. E. was fined twice by the city over failure to wear a face covering.
  • Bosnai Barber Lounge (Upper Wellington St.) Sol’Exotica Sun Spray Spa in Stoney Creek were each fined for a failure to wear a face covering.

The city has issued 715 charges under Reopening Ontario Act since emergency measures that limit the spread of COVID-19 were passed in March 2020.

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