Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term: In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. Effective October 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination are required, such as restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments; indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and indoor meeting and event spaces. Limits will also be lifted in certain outdoor settings (full news release).
Ontario is in Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is now in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. The Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place, including indoor dining, personal care services, retail, sports and recreation.
Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place. For full details, please view the Roadmap to Reopen.
Proof of Vaccination Requirements in Select Settings
On September 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it will require individuals to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021 (full news release). On September 14, 2021, the Ontario government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021 (full news release):
- Businesses that are required to ask for proof of vaccination from customers and patrons are welcomed to use the following posters resources from the Province:
- Businesses that require support on implementing the vaccine certificate regulations can access the Government of Ontario’s Guidance for Businesses resource.
- In addition, businesses are encouraged to visit Ontario’s COVID-19 Help for Business site. The site undergoes continual updates and in the coming weeks will include communication supports for businesses to help inform the public of the new proof of vaccination requirement.
- Businesses and organization may also submit questions and feedback to the Ministry of Health at the following link: Government of Ontario
Employee Vaccination Policies
On August 25, 2021, Peel Public Health issued a strong recommendation that all employers in Peel review and update their COVID-19 workplace safety plans, which are required under the Reopening Ontario Act, to:
- Consider the promotion of COVID-19 vaccination to workers,
- Outline actions for unvaccinated workers, as necessary and
- Speak to identifying workers’ vaccination status for outbreak prevention and control.
Please click here to access the full news release and a workplace safety plan letter to all employers and workplaces in Peel Region.
Section 22 Class Order for Workplaces
Peel Public Health issued a class order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to owners of workplaces to exclude probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the workplace, direct them to self-isolate and implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Please click here for more information.
On September 25, 2021, capacity limits were increased in many of the indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required (full news release).
On October 9, 2021, capacity limits were lifted to allow for 100 per cent capacity in select settings, such as concert venues, theatres, cinemas, meeting and event spaces (full news release).
The Retail Council of Canada offers a free resource to help retail establishments calculate reduced capacity limits. Please click here to access the Ontario Store Capacity Calculator.
Province of Ontario – Stop the Spread Business Information Line
Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. The service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please consult the government of Ontario’s website.
View the Latest Sector Specific Guidelines & Resources:
|Ontario Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for Success||Province of Ontario||Labour Training and Skills||https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60571/ontario-setting-up-apprentices-and-employers-for-success|
|Ontario Supports Ontario's Beverage Alcohol Sector During COVID-19||Province of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/06/ontario-supports-ontarios-beverage-alcohol-sector-during-covid-19.html|
|Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region||Province of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58767/ontario-implementing-additional-public-health-measures-in-toronto-ottawa-and-peel-region|
|COVID-19 Updates||Toronto Construction Association||Construction||https://www.tcaconnect.com/News-Events/TCA-News.html|
|COVID-19 Resources||Council of Ontario Construction Associations||Construction||https://www.coca.on.ca/category/covid-19/|
|COVID-19 Resources||Canadian Construction Association||Construction||https://www.cca-acc.com/covid-19-resources/|
|Construction Links & Resources||Infrastructure Health & Safety Association||Construction||https://www.ihsa.ca/covid-19/construction/links-resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Construction||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|
|Coronavirus Resources||Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Canada)||Office||http://bomacanada.ca/coronavirus/|
|COVID-19 Resources||Workplace Safety & Prevention Services||Office||https://covid19.wsps.ca/resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Office||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|
|COVID 19 Resources for Business||RIC Centre||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://riccentre.ca/covid-19-resources-for-business/|
|Navigating COVID-19: Resources for Your Business||ventureLAB||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://venturelab.ca/news/navigating-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/|
|MaRS Startup Toolkit COVID-19 Collection||MaRS Discovery District||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://learn.marsdd.com/topic/covid-19-collection/|
|Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre||Public Service Health and Safety Association||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://www.pshsa.ca/covid-19|
|COVID-19 Resources||Workplace Safety & Prevention Services||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://covid19.wsps.ca/resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|
|COVID-19 Resources||Transportation Association of Canada||Transportation||https://www.tac-atc.ca/en/covid-19-resources|
|COVID-19 Resources||Canadian Trucking Alliance||Transportation||http://cantruck.ca/covid-19/|
|Guidance for Public Transit Agencies and Passengers in Response to COVID-19||Province of Ontario||Transportation||https://www.ontario.ca/page/guidance-public-transit-agencies-and-passengers-response-covid-19|
|Transportation Links & Resources||Infrastructure Health & Safety Association||Transportation||https://www.ihsa.ca/covid-19/transportation/links-resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Transportation||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|
|Guidance for professional meeting and event facilities during COVID-19||Province of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.ontario.ca/page/guidance-professional-meeting-and-event-facilities-during-covid-19?_ga=2.252440457.1861938426.1598376712-312176872.1574860301|
|Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19||Province of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.ontario.ca/page/guidance-facilities-sports-and-recreational-fitness-activities-during-covid-19|
|Sector-Specific Guidelines for Restaurant & Food, Including Mobile Operations||Region of Peel||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/business/#guidelines|
|Back to Brick & Mortar||And Access||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://andaccess.com/back-to-brick-mortar|
|Coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Resource||Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.covidinhospitality.com/|
|Dine Safe||Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://dinesafe.ca/|
|Navigating COVID-19: Updates and Resources for Foodservice Operators||Restaurants Canada||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.restaurantscanada.org/industry-news/navigating-coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-foodservice-operators/#|
|Resources for Canadians and Businesses in the Tourism Sector Impacted by COVID-19||Tourism Industry Association of Canada||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://tiac-aitc.ca/COVID-19_Resources.html|
|COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines Resource Centre||Tourism Industry Association of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.tiaontario.ca/cpages/covid19|
|COVID-19 Member Resources Hub||Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://cfig.ca/blog/2020/03/25/covid-19-member-resource-hub/|
|Agri-Retailer Support: COVID-19||Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://caar.org/resources/agri-retailer-support|
|COVID-19 Safety Checklist||Ontario Convenience Stores Association||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||http://ontariocstores.ca/covid-19-safety-checklist/|
|Advice for Essential Retailers During COVID-19 Pandemic||Government of Canada||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/advice-essential-retailers.html|
|Bank of Canada Asks Retailers to Continue Accepting Cash||Bank of Canada||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2020/05/bank-canada-asks-retailers-continue-accepting-cash/?page_moved=1|
|Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Retailers||Retail Council of Canada||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.retailcouncil.org/coronavirus-info-for-retailers/|
|COVID-19 Resources||Workplace Safety & Prevention Services||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://covid19.wsps.ca/resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Retail, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|
|COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Canada's Aerospace Industry||Aerospace Industries Association of Canada||Manufacturing||https://aiac.ca/covid19/|
|COVID-19: Business Support Tools||Ontario Aerospace Council||Manufacturing||https://theoac.ca/page/COVID-19KeyBusinessTools|
|COVID-19 Information||Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association||Manufacturing||https://apma.ca/covid19/|
|Members Need Help||Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium||Manufacturing||https://www.emccanada.org/member-needs-help|
|Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources||Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters||Manufacturing||https://cme-mec.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/|
|COVID-19 Updates & Resources||Food & Consumer Products of Canada||Manufacturing||http://www.fcpc.ca/covid19resources|
|COVID-19 Resources||Workplace Safety & Prevention Services||Manufacturing||https://covid19.wsps.ca/resources|
|Sector-Specific Industry Guidelines & Resources||Province of Ontario||Manufacturing||https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace|