Peterborough restaurant Peterburgers charged with failing to comply with proof of vaccination checks

Peterborough Public Health laid charges following a 'progressive enforcement approach' that included education and a written warning

Peterburgers burger restaurant at 25 George Street North in Peterborough. (Photo: Peterburgers)
Peterburgers burger restaurant at 25 George Street North in Peterborough. (Photo: Peterburgers)

Peterburgers, a restaurant located at 25 George Street North in Peterborough, has been charged with failing to comply with proof of vaccination checks and two other violations of public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act.

The charge for failing to comply with proof of vaccination checks is the first such charge issued by Peterborough Public Health, according to a media release from the health unit on Friday afternoon (October 8).

According to manager of environmental health Julie Ingram, inspectors with Peterborough Public Health used a “progressive enforcement approach” at Peterburgers, beginning with education of the owner two weeks ago, on September 24.

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This was followed by issuing a written warning notice the following Tuesday (September 28). Inspectors delivered the warning notice in person and discussed it with the owner.

The warning notice was discussed further via email between Peterborough Public Health and the restaurant’s owner. Last Friday (October 1) during a follow-up inspection, the owner confirmed they would comply with the requirement to check proof of vaccination.

“While we were hopeful that the business would comply, continued investigation this week confirmed ongoing noncompliance by the establishment,” Ingram states, adding that three charges were issued to the owner today.

The charges under the Reopening Ontario Act are for failing to confirm proof of vaccination and identification of indoor diners, failing to ensure the use of masking and face coverings in the indoor area, and failing to collect contact information for patrons remaining at the premises to dine.

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The three charges have a fine of $880 each, for a total amount of $2,640.

“Peterborough Public Health is working with enforcement partners to continue to monitor this premises and the situation,” reads the media release. “Additional enforcement action will be taken, if necessary.”