Iqaluit bar pays more than $8,000 in pandemic-related fines

The Chartroom fined three times last year for exceeding capacity under public-health restrictions

The Chartroom paid three fines that totalled $8,625 for exceeding capacity limits set as COVID-19 precautions. (Photo courtesy of Milan Mrdjenovich/Twitter)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit’s Chartroom sports bar has paid more than $8,000 in fines — in cash — for violating COVID-19 public health orders, court documents show.

The bar faced three fines, each for $2,500 with a $375 surcharge, for exceeding its allowable capacity imposed by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The fines, which totalled $8,625, were paid by a representative of the Chartroom on Feb. 10.

In June, public-health rules limited the bar to 50 per cent of its 98-person capacity. In October, the bar was allowed 75-per-cent capacity. Nunavut’s Health Department said the infractions happened between June and November 2020.

Officials issued the first ticket to the bar for exceeding that 50-per-cent maximum capacity. The second and third were for the bar having more than 75 per cent capacity.

The Chartroom is located next to Iqaluit’s beer and wine store. It closed in March when the initial lockdown happened in response to the pandemic and reopened in June.

Chartroom’s owner, Milan Mrdjenovich, declined to comment.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Safety First on

    Good work!

    People will gather if allowed. Drinking establishments need to adhere to being covid-19 safe. I seen pictures taken at the Racquet Club recently, and I cringed at seeing people hugging for photos. I thought establishments allowed for people to go, but not to mingle.

    • Posted by Paul Murphy on

      Perhaps after three fines (and how many warnings), closure for a minimum of 3 months would be in order.


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