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Re-opening the Province Framework

Refer to the Covid-19: Provincial Government page for Current Ontario restrictions. Note local health units have the authority to establish their own rules, please refer to your local health unit here

Health & Safety Guidelines

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 store front 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.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Restaurant Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers during COVID-19

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.

Guidelines for Hotels:

PROVINCIAL:

Refer to the Covid-19: Provincial Government page for guidelines on:

  • -  Meeting & Event Facilities
  • -  Organized Public Events, Social Gatherings, Religious Services, Rites and Ceremonies
    • -  Events & Gatherings
    • -  Weddings, Funerals and other Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies
  • -  Bars & Restaurants
  • -  Pools, Spas & Recreational Water

MUNICIPAL:

Guidelines for Municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area are available here

NOTE: Local health units have the authority to establish their own rules, please refer to your local health unit here

Support for Businesses and Employers:

For Government support such as grants, loans, credits and other government programs please visit our Government Support for Businesses page here.

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)

For WSIB information and programs please visit our Government Support for Businesses page here.

Employment Standards Act (ESA):

COVID-19: temporary changes to ESA rules

COVID-19 (coronavirus) and your employment standards protections

For additional ESA information please visit our Government Support for Businesses page here.

Hotel Association of Canada Resources:

Guidance for Employers to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus 

Temporary Guidelines for Modified Operations

Hotel Operating Procedures – Self-Isolation

FAQ: Taking Care of Employees and Guests 

Travel Restrictions

For information on the government of Canada’s travel restrictions, border Information and accommodation quarantine requirements please visit the Travel Restrictions section of our COVID-19 Federal Government page here.

Returning to Work Resources:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination - Learn how to get and use your vaccine receipt. As of September 22, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to access certain indoor businesses and settings.

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act (PDF)

Proof of vaccination questions and answers for businesses and organizations (PDF)

Businesses may refer to the following poster to provide guidance for their patrons on requirements for entry.

COVID Alert App

-  Download the marketing bundle here

Print Poster

The Canadian Payroll Association: Payroll and COVID-19

Dentons: Return To Work Employer Toolkit

In this toolkit, you will find discussion of the following topics:

A. Temporary layoffs: Extensions, recalls, and other Issues
B. Flexible work arrangements
C. Managing workplace health and safety
D. Other considerations

Resources

2021 Ontario Budget:  Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

Archived News: Covid-19 Industry Resources