Hamilton indoor skate facility, Stoney Creek eatery face multiple COVID-19 fines

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Published December 6, 2021 at 6:24 pm

Two Hamilton businesses accounted for the bulk of recent charges for violating COVID-19 health protocols, which otherwise continue to dip in the city.

City data shows that 12 Reopening Ontario Act charges were issued to seven businesses between Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. Seven of those stemmed from accusions against The Killroom indoor skate ramp facility on King Street West and Monello’s, an Italian restaurant on Barton St. in Stoney Creek.

The week prior, there 14 ROA charges and tickets under the city’s masking bylaw. A penalty notice or ticket is considered an allegation and the business is presumed innocent until the alleged offence is proven or admitted.

Last Saturday (Dec. 4), The Killroom was found to be in violation of four sections of the ROA. It faces penalties for vaccine verification violations, no contact tracing, fail(ing) to conduct required screening of customers and/or employees, and face coverings violations.

The Killroom is a private facility that is often used for film and music productions.

The charges against Monello’s were laid over the course of two days. On Dec. 2, vaccine verification violations were discovered at the resturant. The previous day, face coverings and no contract tracing violations were discovered.

All Ontario restaurants are required to check that patrons age 12 and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Two doses of Health Canada-approved vaccine is considered to be fully vaccinated.

No tickets were written under the city’s masking bylaw. Five other businesses face one charge apiece under the ROA:

  • Spring Grill House restaurant, Upper James Street:  vaccine verification violations
  • Montfront Mediterranean Grill, Upper James St.: vaccine verification violations
  • Paramount Fine Foods, Upper James St.,: face coverings violations
  • KFC restaurant, Hwy. 8, Stoney Creek: vaccine verification violations.
  • Last Call Bar, Crockett St.: no contact tracing.

The fine under an ROA charge, if admitted to or proven, ranges from $750 to $1000. A ticket under a city bylaw runs $200 to $500.

(Cover photo via SetScouter.com.)

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