Guidance for workplaces (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Response Framework

The Government of Ontario announced a province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The time-limited measures and restrictions will help slow the increase in COVID-19 cases, preserve public health system capacity, allow for progress to be made with vaccination and save lives. Everyone must stay at home except for essential purposes such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including vaccination appointments), or for essential work.

The current COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, will be paused when the provincewide emergency brake is in effect. Learn more about sector specific guidance.

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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. Business owners and leaders must lead by example and support:

All persons responsible for a business or organization permitted to open in Stage 3 must follow instructions (PDF, 322 KB) issued by Public Health Sudbury & Districts. The Public Health instructions to business and organization owners and operators provide you with clear direction so you can continue to be part of the solution in keeping our communities safe.

Ontario COVID-19 response framework

All measures are listed in Ontario Regulation 363/20 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. Owners and operators of businesses and organizations are strongly encouraged to carefully review the regulation and determine which sections apply to their sector.

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: 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 no one is permitted to enter or remain in an enclosed public space (public indoor spaces) unless they are wearing a face covering. This includes public transit. 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. Exemptions to wearing a face covering apply, for example due to medical conditions or age. No proof is required for exemption. For more information about face coverings and exemptions read our frequently asked questions. Learn more about these instructions in our letter to employers (322 KB, PDF).


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

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 Public Health Sudbury & Districts instructions for Stage 3 reopenings, 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).

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.



This item was last modified on April 9, 2021