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Algoma Public Health

COVID-19 Safety at Work

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Resources and signage from APH and provincial associations are provided by sector to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.


For additional sector-specific health and safety measures to protect workers and customers, review provincial guidance documents from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and provincial health and safety associations (Government of Ontario). 


Ontario has released a guide on how to develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan. This will help employers create a safer working environment for employees during COVID-19. It will help prepare you to put controls into place to make the workplace safer.


Online COVID-19 Screening Tools

The questions in these tools have been defined by the Ministry of Health





Face Masks and Face Coverings


The province of Ontario is experiencing a recent increase in the number of new cases and this has resulted in recent changes in current regulations. This includes mandating the use of a face covering in indoor settings across the province.

These new restrictions were adopted through the amended order O. Reg 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario [A Flexible Response to COVID-19] Act, 2020).

Wearing a Face Mask in the Workplace

All workplaces must put the necessary measures in place to protect the health of their workers and the public. The provincial government has recently enacted legislation regarding mandatory masking. They key differences between the provincial regulation and APH’s earlier issued instructions for face coverings are:

  1. In indoor employee only areas, if a distance of 2m (6 feet) cannot be guaranteed between employees, employees must wear a face mask or face covering. The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without gaping.

  2. Plexiglass is no longer identified as an exemption to wearing a mask/face covering.  Therefore in indoor public areas staff behind plexiglass are now required to wear a mask/face covering. Plexiglass offers an additional layer of protection and should still remain in place. 

  3. A surgical/procedure (medical) mask and eye protection must be used by workers when unable to maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from any individuals who are not wearing a mask and a physical barrier is not present (e.g. restaurant servers)
APH and the provincial government are not asking businesses to require proof of medical or other such exemptions from customers or employees.
More information for the provincial regulation is available.

Still have questions? 
Check out our Face Mask in the Workplace FAQs


Employees Returning to Work


It is important to develop strategies to minimize exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 by providing staff training on the required public health measures. For information related to employees returning to work read our COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses where you will find information on: 


  • The number of staff, clients, or customers in indoor setting
  • What you can do to mimimize exposure for your employees
  • Staff health screening and attendance
  • What to do about screening of clients and customers
  • Strategies to maintain physical distancing
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Importance of Masks/Face Covering for Clients/Customers
  • Role of the Employer during a Workplace COVID-19 Outbreak

Still have questions?

Check out our Employee Return to Work FAQs



Additional Resources  


Guidance Employees Returning to Work

Retail Entrance Screening Poster

COVID-19 Employee Screening Questionnaire 

Algoma Public Health - Workplace Signage (Indoor/Outdoor/Staff)

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings  

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory (Ontario Gov't) 




Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan 

Guidance from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 

Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces during COVID-19 Outbreak 




Contact Us

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call or email:     


Algoma Public Health

Healthy Workplaces Information Line: 705-942-4646 ext. 3273 or 1-866-892-0172


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Ontario Government

Stop the Spread Business Information Line1-888-444-3659