Resources for Reopening

NEW City of Burlington Mandatory Mask By-Law

Burlington City Council have enacted By-Law 62-2020 requiring the use of face coverings and masks in all indoor public spaces, effective Monday, July 20th.

Individuals or organizations that are responsible for the operation of businesses or facilities with enclosed (indoor) space open to the public are required to ensure no member of the public is permitted entry or remains on the premises unless wearing a mask or face covering.

Government of Ontario Sector Specific Guidelines for Reopening

Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

View the sector-specific Workplace and Safety Guidelines.

Government of Ontario Workplace Safety Guide

The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.

Access the Workplace Safety Guide.

Make the POST Promise

The POST Promise is a self-declaration that a business is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is the key to building consumer confidence. Once completed, a business is provided with the necessary communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, which were created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Businesses who make the promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business’ commitment to doing their part to protect their customers’ and employees’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Participating business can also purchase a kit which will include additional communication tools like window decals, posters and tent cards which can be used to further build awareness of their commitment within their place of business.

Please visit postpromise.com to make the POST Promise.

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

Learn how the provincial government is keeping Ontario safe and open, including regional health measures and sector-specific public health and workplace safety measures.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Measures Table, the Ontario government is taking immediate action to respond to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and is updating the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, by lowering the thresholds for each level in the framework.

Based on these new thresholds, the following public health unit regions would be moved to the following levels in the framework:

  • Red-Control:
    • Hamilton Public Health Services
    • Halton Region Public Health
    • Toronto Public Health
    • York Region Public Health

Effective Monday, November 16th, Halton Region will move into modified Stage 2.

Being placed in red includes broader-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors to control transmission (return to modified Stage 2). Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.

  • Gathering limit for all organized public events and social gatherings:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals:
    • 30% capacity indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • The requirement for workplace screening
  • Face coverings required in:
  • Where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers, workers must use additional protections such as eye protection
  • Workplaces must develop and implement a communication/public education plan (highlighting risk)
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Non-essential travel from areas of high-transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided

Please click here to review the new measures and restrictions for businesses and sectors. 

Additional Resources

For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

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