Serious consequences for licensed establishments who open contrary to Emergency Orders
TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued an Order to immediately suspend the liquor licence of Tengo KTV, located at 8360 Kennedy Rd, Unionville, for reasons of public interest and safety.
The Registrar also issued a Notice of Proposal (NOP) to revoke the establishment’s liquor licence for multiple infractions of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) and Regulation 719, including not maintaining control over the premises.
AGCO Compliance Officials continue to work with police services and municipalities across Ontario to ensure that licensed establishments are acting responsibly. This has included participating as members of various Task Forces that are composed of local Bylaw officers, Public Health Inspectors, Police Services, and other Provincial Offences Officers.
As part of the government’s broader efforts to keep the province safe and open, Ontario’s Solicitor General has designated AGCO’s Compliance Officials as Provincial Offences Officers who can enforce the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (ROA).
Those who hold a licence to sell alcohol are responsible for meeting their obligations under the LLA, and to abide by the orders issued under the ROA. There are serious consequences for licence holders who do not meet these requirements, including the possibility of an Order of Monetary Penalty, a temporary suspension of the licence, or in the most serious cases a revocation of the licence.
An establishment served with a NOP has the right to appeal the Registrar’s proposal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which is an adjudicative tribunal independent of the AGCO and part of Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario.
“We appreciate how difficult these times are for all in the hospitality sector. As regulator, we’ve been working closely with the Government of Ontario on measures to support the sector throughout the pandemic. All who hold a liquor licence in Ontario are required to ensure alcohol is served safely and responsibly, and act with honest and integrity during this COVID-19 outbreak. The AGCO will continue taking all appropriate regulatory actions for those that are unable or unwilling to comply.”
Tom Mungham, Registrar and CEO, AGCO
The ROA was passed into law on July 21 to ensure important measures remained in place to address the sustained threat of COVID-19 once the provincial Declaration of Emergency came to an end. See government release.
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