Health Unit closes indoor dining area of restaurant

Huron Perth, ON - Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has closed the indoor dining area of a North Huron restaurant, due to the operator’s failure to comply with a Section 22 Order issued by the Medical Officer of Health on November 5. 

In late October, HPPH public health inspectors carried out inspections in North Huron. They focused on requirements under the province’s Reopening Ontario Act. One of the provincial requirements for certain indoor public settings, including restaurants who provide indoor dining, is that the person responsible for the business is accountable to ensure that each patron who enters provides:

  • proof of identification
  • proof of being vaccinated or
  • proof of a valid exemption (i.e., medical, or clinical trial exemption)

As the result of a follow-up investigation into one business, a Section 22 Order was issued on November 5, 2021 to Buck and Jo’s in Wingham.  Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, a Medical Officer of Health can issue an order to “require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action in respect of a communicable disease.”

The Order outlines requirements the operator must follow to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 364/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act, and other recommendations made by Huron Perth Public Health. Generally, a business can remain open if it is working to meet the requirements of a Section 22 order.

On November 12, a follow-up visit from HPPH staff has resulted in pending charges to the business, along with direction to close the indoor dining area of the business. Delivery and takeout options are still permitted and per legislation, do not require proof of vaccination from patrons.

“In response to the pandemic, the province, through the Reopening Ontario Act has required that all businesses and organizations that are permitted to be open take additional actions to mitigate against COVID-19 transmission,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. “In particular, more than 1000 food premises (including 290 indoor dining restaurants) in Huron Perth have been working hard under challenging conditions to keep workers and patrons safe.  We are grateful to the many operators in our region who continue to work with HPPH in meeting provincial requirements.”

For more information:

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act