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The inspectors visited 110 retailers on Saturday alone and found 31 violations of COVID-19 protocols, McNaughton said, noting that amounts to a compliance rate of just over 70 per cent. They issued 11 formal warnings and 11 tickets.
The most common violations inspectors found big box stores contravening were linked to screening of customers and staff, masking protocols and physical distancing problems, McNaughton said.
Meanwhile, Ottawa’s mayor tweeted Sunday that “Big box stores should be selling groceries and that’s it.”
Jim Watson noted Quebec and Manitoba have directed stores of this type to cordon off non-essential products. “The current situation is grossly unfair to small local businesses,” he wrote.
With some exceptions, including supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and big-box stores that sell groceries, retail stores in Ontario have been restricted to curbside pickup or delivery.
Ottawa Public Health reported two new deaths and 85 new cases Monday.
There have now been 12,371 total cases since the outset of the pandemic and 10,724 of those are considered resolved. There have been 405 deaths attributed to coronavirus in Ottawa.
There are often discrepancies between the local and provincial case totals for Ottawa, which, OPH explained, is due to local and provincial health authorities pulling information from different database systems at different times of the day.
There are currently 1,232 active cases in the city, with 40 patients in local hospitals and 10 in intensive care.
Ottawa’s average test positivity rate is 4.0 per cent, which is trending slightly down from last week.
— With files from The Canadian Press