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Education the focus of local restaurant inspections: Public Health

A Chinese restaurant in Cambridge was recently charged for not following COVID-19 protocols by Region of Waterloo Public Health
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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday file photo

The local Public Health agency resumed in-person inspections of local restaurants in the summer, but a spokesperson says it is taking an education-focused approach to infractions.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health ceased doing regular food safety compliance inspections in March, but when restaurants began to open again in June they resumed, said spokesperson Danny Williamson in an email.

All Public Health inspections now include a COVID-19 safety protocol component.

Williamson said the agency 'focuses on education with progressive enforcement strategies employed as required.'

"No official charges or warnings have been laid at this time," said Williamson.

On Nov. 10 a restaurant in Cambridge received a summons for not following COVID-19 protocols by Region of Waterloo Public Health under Section 10 of the province’s Re-Opening Act.

Global News recently reported Ming’s Restaurant of Cambridge was charged with failing to ensure patrons seated at different tables were separated by distance or an impermeable barrier.