Guidance for workplaces (COVID-19)

State of emergency and stay-at-home order

The Provincewide Shutdown (Government of Ontario) remains in effect.

On January 12, 2021, Ontario declared a province-wide state of emergency (Government of Ontario). A stay-at-home order is in effect requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise, or for essential work.

Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures (Government of Ontario) are also in effect and are anticipated to be in place until at least February 11, 2021. Owners and operators of businesses and organizations are strongly encouraged to carefully review the regulation (Government of Ontario) and determine which sections apply to their sector (Government of Ontario).

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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

In addition to ongoing public health measures, there are some new and specific measures that come with the provincial Grey – Lockdown category (Government of Ontario). All measures are listed in Ontario Regulation 364/20 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


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 January 14, 2021