WDGPH Section 22 Class Order
Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 17, 2020, Dr. Nicola Mercer issued an updated class order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act for Stage 3 of the Ontario Framework for Reopening our Province. An establishment falling within the scope of this Order (including personal service settings) is required to make the best efforts in respect of the requirments if the Order. In complying with the best efforts requirements, owners and operators shall not require employees or members of the public to provide proof that they qualify for any of the exemptions set out in Section 1 of the Order.
Persons must wear their face covering inside the establishement (including personal service settings) at all times, unless it is reasonably required to temporarily remove the face covering for services provided by they establishment. For example, while participating in an activity where a face covering may become wet.
WDGPH Guidance Documents
- COVID-19 Guidelines for Personal Service Settings
- COVID-19 Guidance for Hair Salons and Barbershops
- COVID-19 Guidance for Nail Salons and Spas
- COVID-19 Guidance for Tattooing and Body Piercing
- COVID-19 Guidance for Public Washrooms
Ministry Guidance Documents
The Ontario Government announced that on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:01am, additional 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. The public health region of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is included in this July 17, 2020 reopening date. The Ontario Government has reiterated some continued safety precautions that must continue into Stage 3 for personal care services.
The Ontario Government and health and safety associations have released sector specific safety guidance documents and posters to assist with planning and preparing for re-opening safely and to help prevent COVID-19 in the workplace. Please thoroughly review these workplace resources for information applicable to your business. More specifically, please refer to the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Personal Services Settings during COVID-19, as made available through the Ontario website.
Please also refer to A Framework for Reopening our Province – Stage 2, specifically page 10 for personal care services.
Please visit Ontario.ca/reopen and A Framework for Reopening our Province – Stage 3 for further information on restrictions and for public health reopening guidance. For specific details on Personal Care Service Settings, please refer to page 17.
The Ontario Government has also provided the following details relating to the reopening of personal care services:
Personal Care Services
Establishments providing personal care services can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place.
- Hair services (including barber shops, hair salons, hairdressers/stylists, colour consulting services, scalp treatment services, hair weaving services, and hair replacement services)
- Beauty salons, shops and parlours (including beauticians, estheticians, cosmetology shops or salons, manicure and pedicure salons)
- Hair removal services
- Diet centres (non-medical), diet workshops, weight control clinics, and weight-reduction centres (non-medical)
- Piercing services
- Day spas
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo studios
Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, personal care service providers should ensure that:
- Patrons wear face coverings at all times.
- Workers wear face coverings and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves.
- Personal care services must take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
- Businesses should also consider operating by appointment and/or recording each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
Please also continue to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 136/18 Personal Service Setting and infection control requirements (not related to COVID-19 specific requirements) for PSSs as outlined in the Public Health Ontario Guide to Infection Prevention and Control.
Please also refer to the following resources to assist with business reopening’s:
In the Workplace
- Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance: Essential Workplaces
- WDGPH Workplaces and Businesses
Personal Protective Equipment
- Putting on and taking off PPE handout
- When and how to wear a mask for the general public
- Workplace PPE Supplier Directory for an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that supply PPE
Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings
The resources below pertain to cleaning and disinfection of public settings. The cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilization requirements of reusable equipment used in PSSs outlined in Ontario Regulation 136 and the Public Health Ontario Guide to Infection Prevention and Control must continue to be in place:
- Public Health Ontario - Cleaning and disinfection for public settings
- Public Health Agency of Canada - Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces during COVID-19
- Health Canada - Hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers
As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure, prior to reopening, that you have met the requirements as outlined in the information and resources provided above. Once you have the required precautions and plans in place (and you fall within the select personal care services listed above), you are permitted to reopen as of Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01am. Please also be aware that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is unable to review individual business reopening plans. An inspection of your facility will occur in the near future, based on Public Health Inspector capacity and availability as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the volume of calls and questions we receive, we may be unable to respond to any questions in a timely manner. Please make all efforts to thoroughly review the information and resources provided above.
If, after reviewing all resources available, you have additional questions, you can contact a public health inspector at 519-822-2715 extension 4753 or PHI.Intake@wdgpublichealth.ca.