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Monday, June 21, 2021 | 3 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County


On June 11, 2021, the Government of Ontario entered Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. The three-step approach will have the province move regions based on key public health and health care indicators. In order to continue progressing through these Reopening Steps safely, a Class Action Section 22 Order and Letter of Instruction is being issued by Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed for all owners; operators; and employees, including contractors, and those hired under third party agencies; volunteers; and students of a business, organization, of workplaces in Windsor and Essex County effective 12:01 a.m on Friday, June 25 to intensify our local efforts to ensure continued public health and safety.

The Order issued under the Health Protection and Promotion Act will further mandate employers to follow legislation, implement employee protection by following COVID-19 public health measures, and cooperate with outbreak investigations. The Order additionally enables the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) to dismiss a team or shift, implement a partial closure of the workplace, or a full workplace closure to manage the workplace outbreak and mitigate further COVID-19 transmission. Closures due to an outbreak will be applied in a balanced approach with regards to the health, safety, and the best interest of the public.

Key Highlights:

  • Ensure the WECHU is notified when two (2) or more persons who tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day interval at your workplace by calling 519-258-2146 ext. 4400 to assist with outbreak determination.
  • Workplace closures are based on evidence of workplace transmission. Closures will be implemented where five (5) or more employees likely acquired COVID-19 within a 2-week (14 day) timeframe. The extent of a workplace closure will depend on the level of spread within the workplace, and the measures or interventions required to be applied to control the outbreak.;
  • Workers impacted in a workplace closure must self-isolate for 10 days, or for such time as the workplace is closed;
  • Workers of a closed workplace shall not work in another workplace during their period of self-isolation;
  • Outbreak specific testing direction will be provided by the WECHU for workers IMPACTED in a closure

Support for workplace-specific guidance can be found on the WECHU website, with today’s Letter and Order found on the Provincial Pandemic Status webpage.

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