Pair of Hamilton restaurants fined for allowing indoor dining


Published January 10, 2022 at 5:37 pm

Two restaurants in central Hamilton, that are about a two-minute walk apart, were still permitting indoor dining last weekend.

Both now face fines under the Reopening Ontario Act. The modified Step 2 that Hamilton, and all of Ontario, entered on Jan. 5 proscribes indoor dining, while allowing restaurants to remain open for takeout service. The city of Hamilton’s COVID-19 page shows that Queen Desserts and O Cantinho Churrasqueira & Café, a Portuguese chicken restaurant, were both alleged to have allowed indoor dining last Saturday (Jan. 8).

Queen Desserts (144 Barton St. E.), a Middle Eastern sweets shop that opened last fall, faces two charges under the Reopening Ontario Act for permitting indoor dining. O Cantinho Churrasqueira & Café (302 Barton E.) a Portuguese chicken restaurant that has been open for almost six years, also faces two new ROA charges. One is for face coverings violations; the café had previously been fined on Oct. 24.

A penalty notice or ticket is considered an allegation. The business is presumed innocent until the alleged offence is proven or admitted. An enforcement fine under the ROA ranges from $750 to $1000.

All told, 14 penalty notices and tickets were meted to five Hamilton businesses between Jan. 3 and 9, as the city plunged into becoming the epicentre of the Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The only other business to receive an ROA fine was Queen’s Pizza & Wings (838 King St. E.). That fine was assessed last Friday (Jan. 7) for face coverings violations inside the restaurant. According to the city, that Queen’s Pizza & Wings location also was fined on Sunday under Hamilton’s face coverings bylaw, which entails a smaller fine.

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