Ontario Inspectors To Check Big Box Stores

The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect workers in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Beginning this weekend, approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York, and Durham. The blitz will focus on ensuring workers and patrons are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and following every health and safety measure. Workplace health and safety inspectors will have the authority to ticket supervisors, employees, and patrons who do not comply with COVID-19 safety requirements, temporarily close a premise, and disperse groups of more than five people. These efforts build on the ‘Stay Safe All Day’ campaign announced earlier this week, which will focus workplace inspections in areas of high transmission, including break rooms, and provide resource materials to employers and workers to promote safe behaviour before, during, and after work. Along with big box stores, the campaign will also focus on workplaces in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution centres, and workplaces with reported COVID-19 outbreaks.