As the province of Ontario slowly begins to reopen, the government has provided more access and additional education to businesses on how to safely reopen. These new initiatives include webinars, specific checklists, posters, and an online course, to mention a few. These are new health and safety education campaigns, with a particular focus on helping small businesses across the province reopen safely. The assistance includes a comprehensive suite of resources business owners can access at no cost to ensure they are helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Stores, gyms and personal care services take particular note: starting next week, provincial offences officers will be visiting businesses in regions opening into grey, red and orange zones, such as the regions of Wellington-Dufferin Guelph, Durham and Eastern Ontario, with a focus on businesses that were closed during the provincial shutdown. The officers will be carrying out inspections to ensure businesses are complying with the Reopening Ontario Act and adhering to capacity limits, appropriately screening workers and customers, enforcing masking requirements and having adequate safety plans in place.
Any business with specific questions can email a Provincial Employment Standards Call Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Occupational Health and Safety Contact Centre (email@example.com) to answer health and safety questions.
And, if this wasn’t enough information on how to reopen safely, you can find more at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-help-businesses-ontario