Safety guidelines released for Ontario workplaces

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced dozens of guidelines businesses will need to follow when the province starts to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Ford is still not setting any dates to begin allowing non-essential businesses to re-open but says the guidelines will help them be ready when they get the green light.

“I know how much people want to get back to work, how much we all want to get back to normal. I see it and I feel it,” Ford stated at his daily briefing in Toronto Thursday.

“I know how hard this period has been. I feel grief for the lives you have lost…I feel your frustration in the face of this enemy and the anxiety about what the future will bring. But, despite all of the hardships we’ve endured and despite the uncertainty, we have ahead of us, we have many reasons to be optimistic right now.”

Ford added Ontario has made “tremendous progress” in flattening the curve, and as soon as it is safe to start reopening, he will do so as quickly as possible.

“We’ve been working closely with Ontario’s health and safety associations. Together, we have developed over 65 sector-specific guidelines for Ontario workplaces,” he said.

These guidelines include holding team meetings outdoors, staggering shift times, and using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow.

They also address physical changes to workplaces such as installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to increase airflow and using boot sanitizing trays.

The workplace safety guidelines can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.