The owner of a Minden business has been fined for posting a sign asking customers not to wear masks when in her store.

OPP have confirmed they fined a Minden business owner $880. They do not specify names of those who receive tickets under Part 1 of the Provincial Offences Act but confirmed they had addressed the matter with the owner under the Reopening Act.

Amandha Vollmer is the owner of YumNaturals Emporium, which posted a sign asking customers not to wear masks.

Detachment commander, Liane Spong, said, “in cases where an approach of education and discretion to gain compliance has not worked, enforcement is applied with an $880 Part 1 under Fail to Comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order under the Act. Should matters persist, a Part 3 summons would be an appropriate next step depending on the circumstances.”

Spong said OPP encourage businesses and individuals to voluntarily comply with federal and provincial regulations surrounding COVID-19. She added while education, awareness and compliance are preferred, officers will apply discretion to lay charges under the Reopening Ontario Act.

She said on Sept. 10, her detachment responded to complaints, and it was determined the contravention was related to parameters regarding the mandatory requirement to wear masks and a fine was issued.

The Highlander left a telephone message and sent an email but had not heard back from Vollmer as of press time.

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