On September 25, the province amended its reopening regulations to read the following:
Schedule 1, Subsection 2.3: The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.
Concurrently, the Ministry of Health issued a “COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Business and Organizations)“, which outlines requirements for screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
In a nutshell, this means that employers MUST screen employees before or when they enter the workplace at the beginning of their work day or shift, and they must screen essential visitors when they arrive.
Essential visitors include individuals providing a service in the establishment who are not employees or patrons of the establishment (e.g. delivery, maintenance, contract workers). Anyone who does not pass the screening should not be permitted to enter the establishment and should be advised to self-isolate. Customers are not required to be screened under this directive. As with all directives, failure to comply may be subject to fines.
At a minimum, employers must screen using three questions included in the Ministry’s Screening Tool document. The tool may be adapted based on need and the specific setting.