As our province continues to re-open, a review of what this means for business owners, how to stay safe and what is coming next can be accessed below.
Specific Businesses and Services Permitted to Reopen with Proper Health and Safety Measures in Stage 2
By following the proper health and safety guidelines and certain restrictions, these businesses were permitted to begin operations on Friday, June 12th, 2020:
- Personal care services
- Personal services
- Outdoor dine-in restaurants & bars, including patios, curbside, parking lots
- Shopping malls & centres, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only
- Photography studios
- Film & TV
- Tour & guide services
- Water recreational facilities
- Outdoor recreational facilities
- Beaches, parks & camping
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports
- Drive-in & drive-thru venues
- Weddings, funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people
- Community centres
- Attractions & heritage institutions
COVID-19 and Workplace Health and Safety Resources
Businesses and services that have been designated for reopening have the option to reopen. It is the responsibility of the employer and workplace to review proper health and safety guidelines to determine whether they meet the guidelines to reopen safety.
There are resources for sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public.
The health and safety of workers is a top concern during the COVID-19 outbreak and it is the responsibility of the employer to take precautions to protect their workers. Resources and guidance on how to take these steps are available.
Algoma Public Health has complied a list of resources for employees and employers that can act as a guide for businesses in the process of reopening businesses to ensure safety for their employees, customers and the general public.
- Redistributing Responsibilities
- Physical Distancing
- Workplace Hygiene
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Survey Screening
- Sector Specific Resources
Additional sector-specific guidelines and posters are also available from health and safety associations to help protect workers, customers and the general public.
These guidance documents are to support owners/operators on how to reopen specific sectors such as personal services settings while reducing the risk of staff and clients from contracting COVID-19.
How to Find Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Before your business reopens, review sector-specific guidelines to identify which personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies you need to keep your employees and customers safe. Businesses can access PPE through:
Businesses in Algoma who make and/or sell face coverings can sign their business up with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s district wide interactive map to make their business info publicly available.
Opening Safely in Algoma – Protect yourself, loved ones & your community in Algoma.
Algoma Public Health has created several resources that can be used to help our communities reopen safely.
Wearing a Face Covering Correctly
Wearing a face covering (non-medical mask) can be an added measure to protect people around you when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Watch below on how to correctly wear a covering.
Algoma Public Health has created several posters that can be freely downloaded and used for workplaces and community spaces.