Businesses Instructed to Step Up COVID-19 Prevention Measures in Simcoe Muskoka
Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has instructed businesses and organizations operating in Simcoe Muskoka that they must employ additional precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in work settings.
In a letter of instruction to businesses, Dr. Gardner outlined 14 measures that businesses and organizations are required to comply with. Most of these measures are in keeping with workplace safety legislation that is already in place, and thus should not be new to employers; however this letter of instruction serves to strengthen communication to employers on the importance of compliance with these practices
measures will be effective as of November 30th, and include:
• Enabling work from home/remote work to reduce the number of workers exposed to the workplace where reasonably possible.
• Ensuring active daily screening for all workers attending the workplace before they begin their shift.
• Ensuring 2-metre physical distancing of workers where reasonably possible and if they are not able to maintain a 2-metre distance from every other person, workers need to wear a mask/face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin.
• Ensuring appropriate use of personal protective equipment covering the eyes, nose and mouth for anyone who in the course of providing services is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering and is not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
• Minimizing carpooling or shared rides for driving associated with work.
• And Ensuring facilities and supplies for adequate hand hygiene, and all infection prevention and control measures in all areas accessible to the public
A full list of the requirements included in the letter of instruction to businesses and organizations can be found on the COVID-19
The case count for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit has been released for Thursday with 30 new confirmed cases in the district and no new cases being reported in Muskoka.