Are You Ready to Reopen? Information for Local Businesses  

The City of Timmins is getting ready to join the Province in reopening some of our businesses and/or enhancing previous lock down measures. Our By-law Department would like to help local businesses prepare for the pending reopening by providing information on what the By-law Department looks for when inspecting a business.

If business owners have any questions, By-law would be happy to answer them or meet with business owners and managers to go over the set up. To request a meeting, contact Service Timmins  by email: [email protected] or by phone at 705-264-1331.

Below are a few sections from the Reopening of Ontario (Flexible response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, that are mandatory for all businesses that are opened to the public.


These sections falls under O.Reg.82/20 of the act;

1. Screening

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or another public health official on screening individuals by, among other things,
(a) posting signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and
(b) Actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization.

2. Face Coverings

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person in the indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, wears a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area unless the person in the indoor area.


The person responsible for a business or organization shall ensure that every person who performs work for the business or organization and whose mask or face covering is temporarily removed to consume food or drink under sub clause (5) (i) (iii) is separated from every other person by,
(a) Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier.
(b) Workers who are within 2 meters of an unmasked individual to wear PPE that consists of a mask and eye protection.


3. Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public

Subject to any additional restrictions set out in this Order, the person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of persons in the place of business or facility so that,
(a) The members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility;

The person responsible for a place of business or facility that engages in retail sales to the public must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.

4. Physical Distancing and masks in lines, etc.

The person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place unless they are,
(a) Maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons; and
(b) Wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (5)

5. Safety plan

The person responsible for a business that is open shall prepare and make available a safety plan in accordance with this section or ensure that one is prepared and made available.
(2) The safety plan shall describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the business to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19.
(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), the safety plan shall describe how the requirements of this Order will be implemented in the location including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment.
(4) The safety plan shall be in writing and shall be made available to any person for review on request.
(5) The person responsible for the business shall ensure that a copy of the safety plan is posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

6. Cleaning requirements

The person responsible for a business or place that is open shall ensure that,
(a) any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition; and
(b) Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of members of the public must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
(2) For greater certainty, clause (1) (b) applies to computers, electronics and other machines or devices that members of the public are permitted to operate.


For all documentation regarding these requirements, information on regulations or posters for your business please follow this link.

https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-business-and-workplace/workplace-resources/


Posted by Amanda Dyer On 6/23/2021 at 3:58 PM  

 
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