Government Resources

Government Resources

The Ford Government has just announced that the KFL&A Public Health District will be moving back to the Re-Opening Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.


For more information, and for specific restriction information please visit

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#prevent


and

 
https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60261/ontario-extending-stay-at-home-order-across-most-of-the-province-to-save-lives

 

Link to download PRINTABLE COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers):

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2021-01/Guidance-Screening-Workplace-Jan7_EN.pdf

 

Link to download PRINTABLE COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (SCREENING PATRONS):

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2021-01/Guidance-Screening-Patrons-Jan7_EN.pdf

 

Link to download PRINTABLE/ EDITABLE document to develop COVID-19 workplace safety plan: https://www.ontario.ca/page/develop-your-covid-19-workplace-safety-plan



Public health advice, recommendations and instructions for businesses

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with regulatory requirements and the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

Check with your local public health unit and municipality for any additional advice, recommendations or instructions.

Screening
Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

For patrons
Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the framework must implement passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the storefront about not entering if they have COVID-19covid 19 symptoms). Active screening is required in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

For workers
Workplaces must screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. See the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information. Face coverings and personal protective equipment, including eye protection. Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any business or place that is open, with some exceptions.

Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth if in the course of providing services they are:

  • required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering
  • in an indoor area and are not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

Physical distancing
Businesses that are open must not permit patrons to line up or congregate:

  • inside
  • outside, unless they are maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from others and wearing a face covering or mask (with limited exceptions)

Capacity limits
All businesses or facilities must limit capacity so that every member of the public is able to maintain two metres of physical distancing from every other person.

Cleaning and disinfection
Businesses or places that are open shall ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Safety plans
When public health unit regions return to the framework, all businesses must have safety plans, no matter what zone they are in.

 

Provincial Information

COVID-19 in Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-help-businesses-ontario

Ontario Small Business Support Grant: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/

MANDATORY COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses  Download 

Ontario Newsroom: https://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en

 

 

Federal Information 

For a directory of all COVID-19 Federal Information Visit: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Managing your business during COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaining-your-business.html

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP): https://www.bdc.ca/en/special-support/hascap?ref=shorturl-hascap

Information on how businesses and employees can stay safe while operating during COVID-19: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/measures-reduce-community/guidance-workplaces-covid-19.html

Other federal government support links specifically for businesses can be found here.

Mental Health Resources: 

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Website. Click Here
  • BounceBack - a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Click Here
  • MindBeacon- a therapist guided program FREE for Ontario Residents. Click Here.