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Toronto business owners charged for allegedly breaching COVID-19 regulations

Last Updated Dec 13, 2020 at 11:46 pm EDT

Exterior of Bar Karma on Queen Street West is shown. CITYNEWS

Toronto police say they have charged two business owners for allegedly breaching COVID-19 regulations on Sunday.

Police were called to Bar Karma on Queen Street West near Portland Street around 12:40 a.m. following reports of a noisy party.

When they arrived, all the doors of the business were locked, windows were covered and music was playing inside.

The officers could hear the sound of people inside but they refused to unlock the doors for the officers.

Police found a large group of people inside the business which was operating as a bar and no one was wearing any protective equipment, masks or face coverings.

The two owners were issued court summonses for failing to comply with the regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act.

As per current lockdown restrictions, bars and restaurants are to be closed for both indoor and outdoor dining. Delivery and pickup is permitted.