Ministry Guidance Documents
Review the provincial regulations for requirements in each Zone:
- O. Reg. 82/20 (Lockdown)
- O. Reg. 263/20 (Red – Control)
- O. Reg. 364/20 (Green – Prevent, Yellow – Protect, and Orange – Restrict)
Please also refer to the Ontario COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open, for a summary of the regulatory requirements under each zone of public health measures.
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.
WDGPH Guidance Documents
- COVID-19 Guidelines for Personal Service Settings - Mar 18, 2021
- COVID-19 Checklist for Personal Service Settings in Long Term Care and Retirement Homes
- COVID-19 Guidance for Public Washrooms
Collecting Patron Information
Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and Ontario Regulation 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2 require establishment operators to record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an establishment such as a meeting and event space, a personal service setting, facilities for sports and recreational activities, cinemas or performing arts venues, casinos and gaming establishment, tour guide services. Operators must maintain these records for at least one month.
- WDGPH Notice to Collect Patron Information Poster - Nov 27, 2020
- WDGPH Contact Information for Patrons Form - Nov 23, 2020
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. An establishment falling within the scope of this Order (including personal service settings) is required to make the best efforts in respect of the requirements of 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. Please also refer to the applicable regulation regarding provincial face covering requirements.
Persons must wear their face covering inside the establishment (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.
In the Workplace
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.