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Burnaby business fined $2,300 for COVID-19 hours violation

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Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 11:09 am PDT

FILE - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth introuced the COVID-19 Related Measures Act in August 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms)
Summary

A Burnaby business has been fined $2,300 for ignoring orders under the COVID-19 act and staying open late

The business in the 2800-block of North Road was visited twice during the evening and told about the act

Burnaby police and bylaws will continue to check on businesses and enforce through fines when necessary

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — A Burnaby business has been fined $2,300 for ignoring warnings and staying open longer than is allowed by the province’s new COVID-19 business hours law.

City of Burnaby bylaw officers, along with RCMP continued to conduct checks of businesses Friday to ensure compliance with the act.

They visited a business in the 2800-block of North Road twice during the evening to warn about the new act, then returned a third time and issued the ticket.

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“The business was still serving customers well after the mandated closing time, despite receiving warnings not to do so,” says a release from Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Michael Kalanj.

“The rules have been explained and complete disregard for new health measures — which have been introduced to keep us all safe — will not be tolerated.”

Kalanj said police and bylaws will continue to check on businesses and enforce through fines when necessary.

The COVID-19 Related Measures Act was introduced by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in August.

Ten fines were issued the first week of the act.

The act was amended earlier this month, ordering liquor sales in all bars, pubs, and restaurants to cease at 10 p.m., while those venues must close at 11 p.m. unless they are providing full meal service.

WorkSafeBC investigators can also enforce regulations.