COVID-19 – Workplaces

Last Reviewed/Updated:  April 13, 2022

What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

If you think you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, follow these steps to take care of yourself and protect others.

From February 28 to March 14, 2022, Peterborough Public Health (PPH) conducted an online survey to receive feedback from local businesses and workplaces regarding their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and to gain a better understanding of the supports PPH can provide in the months ahead.  The survey was intended for owners, operators, and managers of workplaces, and responding to the survey was voluntary.  All responses received were confidential and anonymous and have been aggregated into themes for the purposes of reporting. Please click here to view survey results.


On this page:

  1. COVID-19 and Workplace Health and Safety
  2. COVID-19 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  3. COVID-19 – Vaccine Information for Employers (Including a workplace vaccine policy toolkit)
  4. Managing Employees with Symptoms Post-Vaccination
  5. Guide to Developing your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan: (Required for every workplace, organization, and agency)
  6. COVID-19 Guidance: Managing Workplace Outbreaks
  7. Face Coverings and Face Masks
  8. Rapid Antigen Screening Kits (Peterborough Chamber of Commerce)
  9. COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice: For Businesses, Organizations and Facilities
  10. Meal and Break Periods at Work During COVID-19
  11. Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

1)      COVID-19 and Workplace Health and Safety

Get information to help develop a plan to protect workers, customers and the public from COVID-19. Find posters, tools and guidance for Ontario workplaces.

2)      COVID-19 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Learn about employers’ responsibilities and how you can protect your workers. Workers can get information about health and safety protections at the workplace.

3)      COVID-19 – Vaccine Information for Employers (Including a workplace vaccine policy toolkit)

On September 9, 2021, Peterborough Public Health Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, issued a formal letter of recommendation. Dr. Salvaterra is strongly recommending that all workplaces in the City and County of Peterborough develop (or enhance) their workplace policies to include a requirement that all employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine, unless otherwise medically exempt. For direction on developing or enhancing your workplace vaccination policy please visit the vaccine information for employers webpage.

4)      Managing Employees with Symptoms Post-Vaccination

The purpose of this document is to:

  • Support employers, including health care settings and long-term care homes, on planning for and supporting workers who have recently received a COVID-19 vaccine; and
  • Provide guidance related to COVID-19 workplace screening for workers experiencing post-vaccine symptoms. This guidance does not apply to screening outside of workplaces

5)     Guide to Developing your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

Learn how you can create a plan to help protect your workers and others from novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

6)     COVID-19 Guidance: Managing Workplace Outbreaks (Please see Page 6: Role of Employer)

  • If your staff are part of a workplace outbreak you can report it here.
  • Do my employees require a negative test result to return back to work?

No, workers do not need a negative COVID-19 test to return to the workplace after completing self-isolation. In fact, they would not be eligible for testing. A Public Health Nurse follows a client (employee) who has tested positive for COVID-19, and will clear that client when their illness resolves to resume day to day activities – including going back to work.

7)      Face Coverings and Face Masks

Learn about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/page/face-coverings-and-face-masks

8)      Rapid Antigen Screening Kits (Peterborough Chamber of Commerce)

Businesses (including non-chamber members) with 150 employees or less can access free screening kits as an additional tool to help keep workplaces safe.  

9)    COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice: For Businesses, Organizations and Facilities

10)     Meal and Break Periods at Work During COVID-19

11)      Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers  for COVID-19: List of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19

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