ENHANCED SAFETY GUIDELINES
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development released new safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as we prepare for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
They build on the 60+ guidelines developed by Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees.
Click Learn More for the sector-specific guidelines and posters.
Ontario has entered the next phase of our plan to respond to the global pandemic. A Framework for Reopening our Province outlines the criteria Ontario’s health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures.
Opening businesses that can immediately meet or modify operations to meet public health guidance and occupational health and safety requirements.
Reopening began on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and includes:
✅ Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments before-hand, or on the spot.
✅ Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sports competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sports competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
✅ Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
✅ Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeeping, cleaners and those performing repair and maintenance work.
✅ Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
✅ Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined in Ontario Health's A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures.
ONTARIO JOBS AND
As part of the outreach strategy included in the Framework, MPP’s have been asked to hold ongoing consultations and provide feedback to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, chaired by Minister of Finance Rod Phillips.
I will be holding a series of virtual consultations with businesses and not-for-profits in Barrie and Innisfil to inform my submission.
To be included in these consultations, please complete the form below.