Guidance for workplaces (COVID-19)

Roadmap to Reopen Ontario

The Roadmap to Reopen Ontario is a three-step plan to safely and gradually reopen Ontario. This strategy is based on the ongoing progress of province wide vaccination rates and continued improvement in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates.

Ontario is now in Step 3 of the roadmap as of Friday July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. 

Learn more about the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario (Government of Ontario). Learn more about sector specific guidance.

What’s on this page

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Certain settings (Government of Ontario) require proof of vaccination. An enhanced vaccine certificate (Government of Ontario), with scannable QR code, is available along with a verification app for businesses. Proof of vaccination includes any of the following:

For more information visit the Government of Ontario’s Proof of COVID-19 vaccination page and visit our FAQ on vaccine certificates.

Expectations for all businesses

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. The Government of Ontario has sector specific guidelines to prevent COVID-19 and additional guidelines for COVID-19 and workplace health and safety. Business owners and leaders must lead by example and support:

Visit for key highlights of Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening Ontario.

Sector-specific guidance

Learn more about health and safety measures for employees and employers and sector specific guidance from local public health and provincial associations.

Face coverings and Public Health Sudbury & Districts instructions

Currently in effect: In accordance with the Ontario legislation, all persons responsible for a business or an organization that is currently open in the area served by Public Health Sudbury & Districts must have a policy in place to ensure that all persons must wear a face covering in indoor spaces. This includes public transit. Exemptions to wearing face-coverings include medical exemptions and employees in a non-public area where 2 meters (6 feet) distance can be maintained. They must also have a policy in place for enclosed employee spaces to ensure physical distancing or face coverings, where physical distancing is not possible, among other responsibilities. The Government of Ontario has information on using masks in the workplace that will provide you with additional guidance. For more information about face coverings and exemptions read our frequently asked questions.

Employers (workplaces)

Employers must take precautions to protect the health of the workforce and support measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to following legislation and protective measures recommended by the Government of Ontario and Public Health Sudbury & Districts, employers should:

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).

Employers (workplaces)

Employees must take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. As an employee you should:

Workplace resources

The following resources help support COVID-19 protocols in the workplace.

For additional resources for businesses during COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 resources page. For reopening information from local public health and provincial associations, visit our sector specific guidance page.

Frequently asked questions for workplaces

When do employees need to wear eye protection?

Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, Workers are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the eyes, nose and mouth, if the worker needs to provide services within 2 meters of an individual who is not wearing a face covering unless there is an impermeable barrier (plexiglass) between the worker and the individual.

To read more about personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements in the workplace visit the Government of Canada website.

How can I protect my employees from COVID-19 during breaks?

Encourage workers to continue following COVID-safe behaviours already established in your COVID-19 workplace safety plan (Government of Ontario). For added safety precautions implement the following recommendations:

Learn more about safe meal and break periods at work (Government of Ontario).

Do workplaces need to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy in place?

While Public Health Sudbury & Districts strongly encourages the implementation of a COVID-19 vaccination policy in the workplace, this recommendation is voluntary, and is not legally enforceable under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Some settings are subject to provincial requirements for vaccination policies including hospitals, ambulance services, home and community care services, post-secondary institutions, licensed retirement homes, women’s shelters, and congregate group homes. Learn more in the Government of Ontario news release.

This item was last modified on October 18, 2021