Stricter rules for stores, malls allowed to operate

Retail stores and shopping malls allowed to operate under grey-lockdown zone restrictions must adhere to tougher rules or risk fines of up to $5,000 for a person or $25,000 for a corporation for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.

Supermarkets, grocery, convenience and other retailers selling groceries; hardware stores; beer, wine and liquor stores; pharmacies; safety supply stores and pet supply stores are allowed to offer in-person shopping. Under a new Class Order issued by Regional Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji, they must follow a 50-per-cent maximum capacity limit and prominently post the total number of people allowed in its premises.

Stores must also monitor all entrances for capacity purposes and ensure patrons and staff maintain physical distancing of at least two metres/six feet in all areas, including common areas, washrooms, hallways and entrances. Shopping malls – which can allow patrons to enter to pick up orders from businesses or places inside the mall – must also actively monitor all inside and outside lineups of patrons permitted to enter the premises to ensure physical distancing and face masks or coverings are worn.

CF Markville in Markham is offering storefront pickup, which requires an appointment with the retailer. The mall is also offering curbside pickup

Businesses that are open are reminded to prepare and post a safety plan that describes how the requirements of the Ontario Regulation 82/80 will be implemented in the location, including by screening, physical distancing, requiring masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment.

Lockdown measures also include no indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household, and a limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings of 10 people. Indoor and outdoor dining is also prohibited. Bylaw enforcement officers are prioritizing calls related to COVID-19. 

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