Winnipeg metropolis bylaw officers have carried out simply over 2,400 inspections of companies and different places within the metropolis within the final month to ensure persons are complying with COVID-19 restrictions.
In that timeframe, 13 tickets have been issued, totalling $36,788 in fines, Jay Shaw, the top of the town’s emergency administration division, stated at a information convention with Mayor Brian Bowman on Friday morning.
Nonetheless, within the final week, no tickets have been issued to companies or people for breaking public well being orders, Shaw stated.
9 metropolis bylaw officers have been working with the province to implement public well being orders. They have been specializing in ensuring non-essential companies are remaining closed or solely promoting important objects, he stated.
Final month, all non-essential companies had been ordered to shut till not less than Dec. 11.
These allowed to stay open can solely promote important items, together with winter clothes and prescribed drugs, in retailer.
Non-essential items, together with books, toys and shopper electronics, cannot be bought in particular person, however will be delivered, or made accessible for curbside pickup of orders positioned on-line or by telephone.
Provincial fines for individuals who break public well being guidelines are $1,296; companies will be fined $5,000.
Throughout Friday’s information convention, Shaw additionally stated that 117 metropolis workers have examined constructive for COVID-19 for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Of these instances, 20 are thought of lively. Forty-five metropolis workers are presently self-isolating, Shaw stated.
At this level instances amongst metropolis employees haven’t created any service disruptions, he stated, however there have been plans in place to keep away from these conditions.
“That is to not say that we can’t have any. Nobody has a crystal ball, however we’re doing our very best to make it possible for we offer these companies and that if now we have failures, now we have backup plans,” he stated.