Windsor blitz aims to catch those not following COVID-19 protocols

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Starting on Monday, bylaw enforcement officers with the City of Windsor will conduct a proactive blitz to make sure people are following public health guidelines.

They will visit area businesses to make sure they have a COVID-19 safety plan and that it is posted where patrons can see it.

They’ll also watch to make sure patrons are physically distancing, wearing a mask, and not gathering in numbers beyond the mandated limit.

The blitz comes after Windsor-Essex mayors pledged to step up enforcement.

“After nine months of pleading, asking, nicely, politely, sometimes tough love has to take the bull by the horns,” said Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara on Wednesday.

“We want to maintain some level of activity,” said Nelson Santos of Kingsville. “It’s key that we don’t let that guard down.”

Officers will be laying fines where they find non-compliance.

“We’re moving from a position of potential education to one of definite enforcement,” said Manager of Bylaw Enforcement Bill Tetler. “We’re going to ensure businesses are helping lead the way in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.”

Fines range from $750 for an individual to $10 million for a corporation.