COVID-19 public health measures & advice

What to do if exposed to COVID-19?

The GB Works - Needle Syringe Program site at the Grey Bruce Health Unit is now open.

*Please note: Sexual health clinics are temporarily closed. For condoms, visit our office during regular hours. If you need birth control prescriptions or STI testing, go to the nearest emergency room. 

Information for Businesses, Organizations, Operators, Employees and Volunteers

 

Isolation Decision Process High Risk Settings

 

Workplaces can review Ontario’s current public health measures, advice and restrictions and refer to O. Reg. 263/20 Rules for Areas in Step 2 for the complete list of measures and conditions that apply to certain businesses, organizations, places and individuals.

 

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace are available from Ontario to support workplaces to prepare for reopening. General and sector-specific guidelines help to protect workers, customers and the general public.

 

Emergency Orders and Information from the Government of Ontario is also available.

Stop the Spread Business Line at 1-888-444-3659 is for questions about what will be open or impacts to your business. (Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.).

   

Employers have an obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, all employers should address the need for a workplace vaccination policy. A workplace vaccination policy is an important measure employers can implement to protect their workers and the public.

 

Workplace Vaccination Policy Resources

Rapid antigen testing is an additional screening method that can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep workplaces open. Organizations can test on-site and get results in about 15 minutes without shipping to a lab.

Learn about rapid antigen testing and find out if your organization is eligible to access free test kits: Get free rapid tests | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

Locally, eligible small/medium organizations can access free rapid antigen screening kits through the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce. - Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce (oschamber.com)

For more information, this COVID-19 Guidance is intended for individuals or organizations conducting rapid antigen screening, in Ontario: COVID-19 Antigen POCT Guidance - English (gov.on.ca)

Remember:

  • Rapid antigen testing does not replace public health measures such as vaccination, symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene
  • In Ontario, some organizations, workplaces and communities are eligible to access free test kits through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program.
  • You can hire or train people to perform testing. Training materials are available. The Ministry of Health has also provided a clinical endorsement for voluntary self-swabbing under the supervision of a trained individual.

Ontarians can now get a free rapid testing kit for at-home use. Expanding access to free rapid tests to the general public will to help detect COVID‑19 earlier and stop the spread of the virus.

Link to access free tests:  Rapid testing for at-home use | Ontario.ca

Personal Protective Equipment Video: Proper donning and doffing

Public Health is pleased to provide places of business with the option of posting the sample signs that are linked below. Please note, posting of these signs are not mandatory and are simply being provided as a tool if the businesses choose to use them. We stress the importance of ensuring that kindness and acceptance is practiced while respecting individual exemptions to this order.

 

Resources

Be Kind Poster

We Can Prevent the Spread of COVID Poster 1

We Can Prevent the Spread of COVID Poster 2

Attention Poster - Order for Commercial Establishments

Masks Required Poster

Screening Poster

Jan 14 Provincial Face Covering Requirement

Capacity Limit Sign

Proof of Vaccination Required Poster

Proof of vaccination information and posters for businesses and organizations

For information and resources for businesses and patrons, visit Proof of Vaccination (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)

 

Measures for Specific Workplaces, Businesses, and Organizations

 

These spaces should implement infection control protocols including appropriate cleaning and disinfection strategies.

Individuals in these settings should limit congregating in groups and maintaining safe physical distancing (the lower the number of people, the less the risk of transmission).

 

General Screening and Precaution Resources:

 

Community Care Agencies

 

Supporting Those Experiencing Homelessness

 

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