Guidance for workplaces (COVID-19)
The Government of Ontario ordered all non-essential workplaces to close. Working from home and online commerce are permitted for all businesses. Learn more about what is considered an essential workplace (Government of Ontario).
Businesses must take measures to protect employees and patrons and operate in accordance with all applicable laws including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations made under it. Businesses that continue to operate must comply with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including physical distancing measures, cleaning and disinfecting.
The following will help reduce workplace exposures to respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 (coronavirus).
- wash your hands often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds
- cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- stay two metres (six feet) apart from others
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
- post physical distance requirements of two metres (six feet) at the entrance of the establishment and throughout
- install floor markings to promote physical distancing
- protect employees from patrons by using screens or barriers
- emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees
- provide hand sanitizing stations at entrances where possible and promote good hand hygiene
- use passive and active screening measures such as posting signage or asking questions about exposure and symptoms
- consider conducting employee screening and temperature checks at entrances
- learn more about screening and guidance for essential workplaces (Ministry of Health)
- perform routine environmental cleaning and clean high touch surfaces often including countertops, handles, light switches, keypads, touchscreens and public areas
- not require a sick leave note as that will put added pressure on limited health care service:
- an employee is not required to provide a medical note if they need to take a leave due to COVID-19 (per the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020).
- reduce the number of employees working at the same time
- limit the number of patrons in the store
- discourage workers from sharing phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment
- consider the use of non-medical masks
- take advantage of virtual options and advise employees to work from home, if possible
- have plans for business continuity in the event of prolonged staff absences
- advise employees to avoid all non-essential travel:
If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1.888.444.3659 (Government of Ontario).
Download the physical distancing in the workplace (COVID-19) factsheet. Learn more about other resources for businesses during COVID-19.
For sector-specific health and safety measures to protect workers and customers, review provincial guidance documents from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and provincial health and safety associations (Government of Ontario).
- Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) guidance documents for the construction, electrical and utilities, aggregates, natural gas, ready-mix concrete and transportation sectors.
- Public Service Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) guidance documents for hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, residential and community care, universities and colleges, school boards, libraries and museums, municipalities, provincial government and agencies, police, fire and paramedics and First Nations.
- Workplace Safety North (WSN) guidance documents for the forestry, mining, smelters, refineries, paper, printing and converting sectors.
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) guidance documents for the agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors.
Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of credible resources, toolkits, and information-sources to ensure you and your business stay informed.
Letter to employers in Sudbury and districts
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts letter to all employers, April 15, 2020 (PDF, 160 KB)
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts letter to all employers, March 27, 2020 (PDF, 567 KB)
Letter to mining companies and contractors
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts letter to mining companies and contractors, March 27, 2020 (PDF, 568 KB)
Preparing for COVID-19 Community Spread – Response Planning Session (March 9, 2020)
This item was last modified on May 29, 2020