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
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.