Inspectors will target Oakville, Burlington and Milton stores and warehouses this weekend

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Published April 8, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Inspectors from Ontario’s Labour Ministry will be heading to Halton this weekend to make sure COVID-19 protocols are in place at big box stores and warehouses.

Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton says the inspectors will make sure the rules are being followed, especially the new ones announced this week that limit what box stores can sell.

He said more than 100 inspectors are being sent into the hotspots beginning tomorrow and will be working with local public health units to determine which places will be targeted.

“We will be going into big box stores and malls as well as factories, warehouses and distribution centres to ensure the health and safety protocols are being followed,” McNaughton said. “When it comes to big box stores we have done literally thousands of visits since the beginning of COVID -19. We will be ensuring that all of the rules are being followed.”

He said much of the focus of the inspections will be on the wearing of masks, physical distancing and capacity limits at stores.

“Let me be clear,” said McNaughton, “if anyone violates COVID-19 safety requirements we will take action. Individuals like managers and supervisors can be fined $750 and corporations even more.”

He said the ministry has carried out 20,000 inspections across the province in 2021 and that 24 workplaces have been closed due to violations this year.

“We won’t hesitate to shut down any workplace that are not safe,” he said.

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