CKL BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO OPEN ON MONDAY – WORKPLACE RULES TO FOLLOW – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
May 1 – The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen, provided they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.
For this purpose, the government, in partnership with Ontario's health and safety associations, has developed more than 60 guidelines in response to COVID-19.
These sector-specific measures will help employers prepare their workplaces so they can be reopened safely and ensure workers, customers and the general public are protected.
By following the proper health and safety guidelines, these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m.:
- Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
- Lawn care and landscaping;
- Additional essential construction projects that include:
- shipping and logistics;
- broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
- any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
- municipal projects;
- colleges and universities;
- child care centres;
- schools; and
- site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
- Automatic and self-serve car washes;
- Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
- Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
- Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.
Although certain businesses are being permitted to reopen, it is critical that people continue to stay home, practise physical distancing and only go out for essential reasons, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or to keep a medical appointment.
On April 27, the government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts are using to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces.
For more information from us about the new Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak, go here:
May 1st, 2020
Posted in COVID-19