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COVID-19: Businesses & Workplaces

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Issued on January 12, 2021: The government issued a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes starting Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. Find more details here.

Issued on December 21, 2020: The Ontario government announced a provincewide shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to save lives. It will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am and is expected to last for 14 days in Northern Ontario. The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused when the shutdown comes into effect. Find more details here.

Issued on November 6, 2020: The Ontario government announced a new approach to introduce preventative measures earlier to limit transmission of COVID-19 and avoid broader closures (updated November 13). The framework categorizes public health regions into five level: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Find more details here.

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.