Screening Tool for Workplaces
WDGPH Guidance Documents
- WDGPH COVID-19 Guidance for reopening businesses (Updated: September 29, 2020)
- WDGPH COVID-19 Checklist for reopening businesses and workplaces (Updated: September 29, 2020)
- WDGPH COVID-19 General Tips for Reopening
- WDGPH COVID-19 Testing & Clearance Guidance for Workplaces (Updated: October 15, 2020)
- WDGPH COVID-19 Poster for businesses - STOP before entering (Section 22 class order)
- WDGPH COVID-19 Poster for businesses - STOP before entering (simplified instructions)
- WDGPH COVID-19 Poster for businesses FRENCH version-Stop before entering (simplified instructions)
Ontario Framework for Reopening Businesses
- Framework for reopening the province and allowing certain businesses to reopen in stages, as long as they follow strict public health measures and workplace safety guidelines.
- Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations. Please refer to the Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3 for more detailed information. Effective July 17, 2020, the WDG region entered Stage 3.
The government will work with businesses and sectors that are either not able to reopen in Stage 3, or who are experiencing significant challenges opening with restrictions, to explore how these organizations could safely resume operations as Ontario gradually reopens, while implementing public health and workplace safety measures.
- Stage 3 reopening consultations: Working with businesses to safely reopen
- Reopening Ontario: Frequently asked questions about Stage 3
The second stage includes more workplaces with significant mitigation plans. Please refer to the detailed list of stage 2 openings, effective June 12th, 2020 in Guelph, Wellington County, and Dufferin County. Additionally, effective June 9th, 2020, child care staff can re-enter their facilities and begin preparation for reopening. When strict guidelines have been met by child care centres and summer day camp programs, these facilities will be allowed to reopen.
The first stage includes certain workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines. Please refer to the detailed list of stage 1 openings, effective May 19th, 2020. Updates and additions to this list will be posted on the provincial emergency information page as emergency orders are amended.
More resources for workplaces
- PHAC: Risk mitigation tool for workplaces/businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
- PHAC: Risk mitigation tool for gatherings and events operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
- PHAC: Advice for Essential Retailers During COVID-19 Pandemic
- PHAC: Coronavirus disease: Being prepared: For workplaces
- Physical Barriers for COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control in Commercial Settings
- COVID-19 Guidance: Workplace Outbreaks
- Ministry COVID-19 Guidance for Essential Workplaces
- Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers fact sheet
- Click on the tabs to the right and visit Ministry resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace and Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Pandemic (COVID-19) tip sheets to find more resources specific to your business sector.
- If employers have questions, WDG Public Health can assist by informing current policies.
- The Government of Ontario has made changes to legislation around meetings and business operations to help businesses follow physical distancing guidelines
Government of Canada
COVID-19: Your rights and responsibilities as an employee (includes info for managers)