The following guidelines outline the minimum public health measures required to keep yourself, employees and Niagara residents safe and healthy.
Every workplace should review their appropriate health and safety guidelines.
Operators are recommended to place screening posters at the entrance to make sure customers don't enter if they have COVID-19 signs or symptoms. If able, consider screening customers over the phone before arrival.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 shouldn't enter the building and should go home right away to self-isolate to stop the spread of infection.
Operators should actively screen staff before the beginning of each shift for signs and symptoms. Active screening means someone is responsible for reviewing the list of signs and symptoms before allowing entry into the building.
If the individual answers 'yes' to any of the screening questions, or refuses to answer, they have failed the screening and shouldn't enter the building. They should return home to self-isolate immediately and call their health care professional.
Post clear, visible signage at all entrances and in the workplace reminding employees and customers about:
Make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at the screening table and throughout the establishment, such as each entrance, checkouts, tables, washrooms, etc.
Employees should wash or sanitize hands between every interaction with customers, when visibly soiled / contaminated, or after frequent contact with high touch surfaces.
Increase environmental cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces at least twice daily, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screens surfaces and shared materials, equipment, workstations and keypads
Provide lined garbage bins throughout the workplace for employees and customers.
Make sure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, and other methods
Encourage physical distancing (keeping a distance of at least two metres from other people) as much as possible.
Face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and are required:
Some workers must be within two metres of clients, such as barbers and hairdressers. If you're in this situation, you can reduce your risk of becoming a high-risk close contact of someone who has COVID-19 by wearing both a mask and a face shield. See the exposure assessment tool for details. This would reduce your risk of having to go into self-isolation.
Learn about face coverings.
Follow Ministry of Health guidance regarding personal protective equipment for essential workplaces.
For more information, call the Info-Line at 905-688-8248 press 7, then press 3 or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074.