Issues & Insights: What does Ontario’s reopening plan mean for my business?

Charla Robinson, President - Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
May 11, 2020

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is taking baby steps in his reopening plan for businesses. Government officials and health experts are testing each step to ensure that the foundation is strong to reduce our risk of falling backward. Forward movement is precarious, and possibly a bit wobbly, as we gain confidence about the new realities of doing business in a pandemic.

The Government of Ontario has outlined a three-stage approach to ensure that workplaces can open safely. Each stage will consider the health and safety risks before relaxing restrictions. Protective measures will continue to be part of our daily lives over the long-term in this new world.

All business owners should be taking this time to prepare an operating plan that addresses health and safety guidelines that are likely to continue for many months to come.

The operating plan should consider how the following will be implemented in your business:

–  COVID-19 Awareness signage
–  Pre-Screening Tool
–  Physical Distancing
–  Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures
–  Facilitating Personal Hygiene for staff and patrons
–  Personal Protective Equipment (if needed)
–  Sector Specific Guidelines

The Ontario Government has provided important information in the following links that are required reading for every business owner/operator:

–  Workplace Safety Guidelines: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_essential_workplaces_guidance.pdf

–  Health & Safety Association Guidelines by Sector:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace#section-2

The Chamber is here to help you! Stay tuned for more online resources and seminars and call us with any questions at 624-2620.