News Release: Windsor-Essex County Moving into Stage 3 of Ontario’s Reopening Plan
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For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 10:30 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County
Windsor-Essex County has entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s (WECHU) COVID-19 workplace website serves as a one-stop hub providing guidance for businesses and workplaces on how to prioritize and integrate public health and safety into their reopening plan. Some of those resources include the Safe Return to Business Checklists, which have been revised accordingly to reflect the changes to the rules and regulations in Stage 3 that affect the way in which businesses, workplaces, services, public spaces, and facilities must operate.
The ‘Safe Return to Business: A Public Health Toolkit for the Windsor-Essex Business Community’ (available in English and French) is a guidance document, based on the hierarchy of controls for occupational hazards, that provides general best practices and public health recommendations that can be applied across a variety of settings to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. Other sector-specific guidance documents and public health recommendations developed by reputable provincial health and safety organizations may also be found on WECHU’s Workplace Specific webpage.
The WECHU has also created a variety of downloadable signs for public use that may be printed and displayed throughout businesses and workplaces to communicate public health requirements (e.g., physical distancing, maximum occupancy limits, mask-wearing requirements, hand hygiene practices) that must be followed by employees and customers in your establishment. These downloadable signs are available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish for download from our Resources and Signage webpage.
There is also a limited quantity of “Stand Here” floor stickers and “Do Not Enter If Sick” window clings available in English for order from the WECHU. To learn more about how to order these signs for your business, workplace, establishment, or organization, visit the “Business Reopening Signage Order Form” page. On this page, you may submit an order request for the quantity of available signs you wish to receive by mail.
What to Expect in Stage 3
The following are now permitted to reopen or resume operations in Stage 3:
- Services that tend to a customer’s face
- Movie theatres
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Indoor events with a maximum gathering of 50 people
- Outdoor events with a maximum gathering of 100 people
- Real estate open houses
- Sporting and racing events
- Libraries may reopen for all on-site services
While the following must continue to remain closed in Stage 3:
- Amusement parks and water parks
- Table games at casinos and charitable gaming establishments
- Buffet-style food services
- Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
- Overnight stays at camps for children
- Private karaoke rooms
- Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
- Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses, and oxygen bars
For questions related to closures and openings of businesses, call the Stop the Spread information line at 1-888-444-3659 or visit Ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19.
To protect yourself from COVID-19:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue;
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
- Stay home unless it is essential to go out and stay home when you are sick;
- Practice physical distancing (2 Metres); and
- Wear a non-medical cloth mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The WECHU encourages the public to follow credible sources for information about COVID-19. The WECHU monitors and updates our website daily, including case counts for Windsor and Essex County. For up-to-date facts visit http://www.wechu.org/.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.