St. Catharines bars fined for overcrowding

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestCity of St. Catharines press release – Two St. Catharines bars were fined for overcrowding by the Ontario Court of Justice.

The operators of Daisy Dukes Boots and Bourbon Bar (117 St Paul St.) pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Feb. 12/2019, to an Ontario Fire Code charge for exceeding occupancy, or overcrowding, in its main bar and lounge area. 1006021 Ontario Inc. and director/officer Jovica Stankovic pleaded guilty to the charges and the court imposed a $5,000 fine against the corporation plus court costs and victim fine surcharges.

On Friday, Feb. 1/2019 the operators of Manhattan Bar and Grill (405 Vine St.) pleaded guilty to an Ontario Fire Code charge for exceeding the occupant load for the number of persons occupying a room or floor space in an assembly. 1923325 Ontario Inc. was fined $3,500 fine plus court costs and victim fine surcharges.

Both charges stem from a joint inspection by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario inspectors and Inspectors from the St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Management Services on March 17, 2018.

Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick said it is dangerous for restaurants, bars and nightclubs to have more people than they can accommodate.

“The Ontario Fire Code outlines occupancy limits to help businesses protect their patrons,” said McCormick. “Having more people than the floor space can accommodate can make evacuations during emergencies more challenging and that’s when seconds count.”

The acting fire chief urges patrons who feel like there are too many people a restaurant, bar, nightclub or other type of venue, to bring their concerns up with management. If they don’t feel safe, they should leave and report it to 905.688.5601 ext. 4224.