Businesses who have questions about reopening, closures of at-risk 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 8:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Timmins Economic Development Centre (TEDC) is helping businesses navigate available supports related to COVID-19. In partnership with the City and Chamber Joint Business Continuity Recovery Advisory Task Force, the TEDC is the designated hotline for individuals seeking business assistance. Contact the TEDC at 705-360-2656 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for support including:
Memo from the Porcupine Health Unit issued on October 16, 2020: The Porcupine Health Unit would like to express our gratitude for your tremendous efforts in implementing all the necessary changes and public health measures to your business or workplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to bring to your attention a letter that we have shared with restaurants in the Porcupine Health Unit region which highlights the importance of keeping an accurate and legible attendance log for contact tracing purposes.
Issued on September 25, 2020: The Ontario government announced additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Issued on July 15, 2020: Dr Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit, announced the additional requirement of mandatory masks or face coverings in enclosed public spaces. Find more information on how it impacts your business on our mask webpage.
Issued on July 13, 2020:The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. This comes into effect on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information on what can open in Stage 3, visit Ontario's website.
Nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen as regions enter Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.
The following high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
All other businesses and public spaces can open, subject to ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place, as well as gathering limits on gathering sizes, where applicable. The following list may open with new additions from Stage 2 or with some limitations. Find more details in A Framework to Reopening our Province – Stage 3.
More detailed information on restrictions and gathering limits in Stage 3 is available on the webpage Reopening Ontario.
Visit Ontario's website to find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario. These will help employees and workers better understand how to prevent the spread and know to keep workers safe on the job.
To prepare your workplace, consider the following actions:
Learn how you can create a workplace safety plan to help protect your workers and others from COVID-19, including a template for you to customize based on your needs.
Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from government of Ontario website.
There are many things that workplaces can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly by facilitating proper hand hygiene, wearing face coverings, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing. Provide access to and adequate supplies for handwashing (soap and water), and alcohol-based hand sanitizers at multiple, prominent locations in the workplace. Implement physical distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres from other people), to the greatest extent possible. This could include using the telephone and video conferencing rather than meeting face-to-face, including in the same building.
Any worker who feels ill should be sent home immediately to self-monitor and self-isolate. They should call their local Assessment Centre, their primary care provider or the health unit at 1-800-461-8181. Additionally, employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow recommendations on how to reduce the spread.
Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services on the Government of Canada website.
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A downloadable presentation created by the Porcupine Health Unit for businesses on the topic of Infection Prevention and Control Presentation. This narrated presentation requires Microsoft PowerPoint to play.