COVID-19 – Workplaces
Last Edited/Reviewed: 8:43 a.m., January 14, 2021
As of January 12, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Click here to read more about the measures that will take effect. We are in the process of reviewing the changes and will update our website shortly.
“Remote work should happen in all industries to the greatest extent possible. Employers should enable and support workers to work remotely and accommodate household needs related to virtual education and dependent care.” (https://files.ontario.ca/moh-provincewide-shutdown-en-2020-12-21.pdf)
Businesses That May Open (O. Reg. 82/20)
|Type of retail business||Type of service permitted|
|In-person shopping||By appointment||Curbside
pick-up* and delivery
|Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers markets, other stores that primarily sell food, and pharmacies||YES at 50% capacity||YES||YES|
Discount and big box retailers that sell groceries to the public, and stores that sell alcohol
|YES at 25% capacity||YES||YES|
Safety supply stores, businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, and optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public
Motor/recreational vehicle sales
|NO||YES with restrictions||YES|
Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets and holiday markets, only if they primarily sell food to the public
|YES with restrictions||YES||YES|
Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service
|NO||YES Repairs, technical support only||YES|
General retail (all other retail, including hardware stores, pet food, computer stores, etc.)
* Businesses allowing curbside pick-up must:
- have a public entrance that opens onto a street or exterior sidewalk, or
- in the case of a business in a shopping mall, permit patrons to pick up the items at a designated location established by the shopping mall.
Review O. Reg. 82/20 for more information.
Business Toolkits & Checklists
Wearing a Mask
Workplace Screening for COVID-19
Being COVID-19 Safe in the Workplace
Personal Care Services
Restaurant & Bars
Operating a business during the COVID-19 pandemic: Toolkit for Establishments and Businesses
COVID-19 Safety Plans: Retail Businesses Checklist
COVID-19 Safety Plans: Business or Organization Checklist
Peterborough Public Health continues to take a prevention focus for COVID-19. Businesses must remain compliant to help ensure further restrictions aren’t imposed. Customers must remain vigilant to ensure further restrictions aren’t imposed.
Businesses who have questions about closures of workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To learn more about COVID-19 levels by region, and which level Peterborough Public Health is in please visit the COVID-19 Response page.
Wearing a mask is mandatory when shopping, dining, or working in most workplaces in the City and County of Peterborough. There are a limited number of exemptions.
- Use of masks (Peterborough resources, including FAQ)
- Face coverings and face masks: Learn about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask; exemptions are detailed (Provincial resource)
Businesses, workplaces, and organizations are required by law to actively screen their employees, volunteers, and essential visitors at the beginning of each shift.
Does your employee have symptoms?
- Recommend they complete the provincial online self-assessment tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ and follow the direction given at the end of the assessment.
Does the self-assessment tool recommend testing?
- Here are your testing options if you live in Peterborough County or City, Curve Lake or Hiawatha First Nation: www.prhc.on.ca/about-us/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
Is your employee reporting that they have been in contact with someone who may have tested positive?
- If you have not been contacted by Public Health, your workplace is not considered to be at risk of infection and work may continue as usual. Close contacts of a confirmed or probable positive case will be contacted by Public Health and advised of next steps.
Is your employee reporting that they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or someone who travelled?
- Only the person who has symptoms or has travelled outside Canada is required to self-isolate. Other household members do not need to self-isolate or get tested and may return to work. Please refer to the Workplace Screening Tool at www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/workplace_screening_tool_guidance.pdf
- Food Safety in the Workplace
- Practice good respiratory etiquette
- Wash your hands frequently
- Follow physical distancing measures
- Wear a face mask
- Self-monitor using the provincial self-assessment tool.
- We also recommend that all members of your workplace download the federal COVID Alert app.
This information and much more can be found in the Workplace Toolkit.
General Information for Businesses and Workplaces:
- Hand hygiene
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings
- COVID signage for your workplace
- Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
- Important information for businesses from the Government of Ontario
- Clean regularly touched items
- Clean tools before and after use
- Clean work surfaces often
- Conduct meetings outdoors
- Increase space by staggering lunch breaks
- Use boot sanitizing trays
- Stay 2 metres apart while working
- Maintain space between crew members during transport
- Open doors and windows to let in more fresh air
- Get fresh air by going outside during breaks
- STOP Before Entering
- Cough and Sneeze…
Personal Care services are not permitted to operate at this time.
Restaurants, Bars, Food & Drink Establishments and Nightclubs are all impacted by the provincial shutdown, which takes effect on December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. All indoor and outdoor dining/eating areas must be closed. Only take out, drive through or delivery services are permitted. Nightclubs may operate as a restaurant or food & drink establishment, provided that there is no dining.
- Restaurant and Bars Guidance Document – Ontario resource
- Guidance for Restaurants and Bars – PPH Guidance
- Guidance on Health and Safety for Restaurant Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers During COVID-19
- COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises
- Tip Sheet: Restaurant and Food Service: Guidance for Health and Safety
The following provides a quick summary of the public health measures that must be complied with in restaurants, bars and other food & drink establishments:
- All establishments must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
- Masks and face coverings are required in indoor areas of the premises by staff and patrons, with limited exemptions.
- Nightclubs are not yet safe to open, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons in accordance with the conditions that apply to restaurants and bars.
- Dining at or in the establishment is prohibited.
- Buffet-style service is prohibited.
- Capacity in the establishment must be limited so that patrons can maintain at least 2 metres from those not within their own household. Capacity limits must be posted.
- Measures must also be implemented to ensure that staff are distanced 2 metres from other staff and patrons.
- All staff must be actively screened prior to beginning their shift.
For more information, refer to O. Reg. 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 (specifically Schedule 1 – General Rules and Schedule 2 – Businesses that May Open, section 3). The Province’s guidance related to the shutdown can be found here.