KAWARTHA LAKES: The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has fined one Kawartha Lakes business for failing to comply with the provincial proof of vaccination requirement.
“Since July, we have had seven premises or facilities [which] have been issued fines for different infractions, under regulations of the Reopening Ontario Act, and we’ve had 11 fines issued,” local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Natalie Bocking told reporters, at a virtual press conference, on Wednesday, October 13th.
When asked by The Standard to expand geographically on this statement, Dr. Bocking noted these 11 fines included one in Kawartha Lakes for the proof of vaccination compliance failure. Dr. Bocking did not publicly name the business.
The local medical officer added the health unit is taking an education first approach, but “unfortunately, in some circumstances [they’ve] had to issue tickets, and will be continuing to do so in collaboration with our partner enforcement agencies.”
Dr. Bocking explained the health unit had heard some complaints and concerns from local businesses.
“Absolutely, there have been some businesses that have been frustrated and might express their frustration with health unit staff and same with other enforcement agency partners. I think we [will] continue to work with those businesses, and if we can support them, we [will] and we will continue to [perform] our obligations under the Reopening Ontario Act,” she explained.
Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper