Nov 24, 2020
By Christine Ross
The owner of an Etobicoke restaurant that opened today in defiance of the lockdown in Toronto has been ordered closed by the city.
Toronto Public Health inspectors, municipal bylaw officers and police found that Adamson Barbecue was providing both indoor and outdoor dining services with many customers not wearing masks and not physical distancing.
Ward 3 Toronto City Councillor Mark Grimes told reporters the business is also being investigated for a number of other possible violations including operating without a business licence.
“The fine is from $750 to $100,000 and I think we should be throwing the book at this gentleman and if he opens up again tomorrow, I will ask for the maximum fine again,” said Grimes.
Police Staff Superintendent Mark Barkley says if owner Adam Skully opens again tomorrow, police will be back to ensure compliance with the order.
Premier Doug Ford weighed in on the issue.
“I just want the guy to shut down,” Ford told reporters. “I’m not going to get up here and start pounding the small business owner when the guy is holding on by his finger nails, I don’t condone it, I don’t condone that he opened up my heart breaks for these guys but you gotta follow the protocol and the guidelines.”