Mayor John Taylor enacted Emergency Order No. 2 on December 3, 2020 to further support the Provincial and Public Health regulations for businesses under the
Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 ("ROA"),
Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7 ("HPPA"), and any other legislation introduced in relation to COVID-19.
In an effort to ensure businesses in Newmarket are complying with Provincial and Public Health regulations for businesses, this Emergency Order will allow the Bylaws division to issues tickets due to non-compliance under the Town's Emergency Measures By-law and the Administrative Monetary Penalty System By-law (AMPS). Issuing tickets under AMPS will streamline the ticketing process and create a simple, accessible and customer-focused adjudication process for by-law offences.
The Town's Bylaws division will continue to use an education-first approach when performing inspections on businesses. They are committed to working with businesses to ensure they understand the Provincial and Public Health regulations and allow time for compliance. Issuing charges is the last resort.
This order will last for a maximum of 30 days. After 30 days, the Mayor can revoke the Order, or bring the Order to be extended at a future Council Meeting.
Emergency Order No. 2 was enacted by Mayor John Taylor under authority delegated to him by Council to allow the Town to address situations in a timely manner. This authority was granted to the Mayor during the April 27, 2020 Special Council Meeting. In addition, Council passed an Emergency Measures By-law giving the Town flexibility to temporarily amend and enforce by-laws to react to the evolving COVID-19 landscape.
For more information on
Emergency Order No. 2, please view the Order.