Businesses in Markham, Aurora, Keswick, Vaughan charged with breaking COVID-19 rules


York Region continues to crack down on businesses and individuals for breaking COVID-19 laws with 27 more charges laid over the past week.

Most of the recent charges were issued by the City of Markham, but municipalities across the region were kept busy enforcing the rules designed to limit or reduce the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Several businesses continued to remain open despite the provincial shutdown order and faced $880 fines, including Amazon Hardwood Centre, Arto Kitchen and Bath, Asiya Bolleood Junction, Empire Bath International, The Best Shop — all located in Markham — Fade Zone and Ultimate Fades — barber shops in Richmond Hill — Woodbridge Linens ‘N Things and Angelo’s Sportswear in Georgina.

A residence located at 12846 Hwy. 48 in Whitchurch-Stouffville was being used as a short-term rental and was fined $880 for failing to comply with gathering limits and hosting a gathering.

The same residence faced two additional charges Jan. 5 for exceeding gathering limits.

In Aurora, Circle K store on Wellington Street East and Kabab Saraye Parya on Yonge were fined for employees not wearing masks, TAT Super Bakery on Yonge Street was fined for an employee not wearing mask and lack of physical distancing and Wild Wing on Wellington Street East fined for employees and customers not wearing masks.

Quality and Company in Concord was fined $880 for lack of physical distancing.

In Markham, several businesses were fined for not having safety plans, including Shops on Yonge, Pars Food Canada on John Street, Al Habib Supermarket at 2860 Denison St. and Super Tehran at 7327 Yonge St.

Also in Markham, Full Fresh Supermarket on Woodbine was fined for not having a safety plan and being overcapacity, Foody Mart at 5221 Hwy. 7 E. in Markham was fined for being overcapacity, Spice Town Halal Meat on Elson Street for not posting maximum capacity signage and World Pharmacy at 7163 Yonge St. was fined for not having a safety plan or face covering signage.