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As of ​July 13, 2020, when you enter into a public indoor space or use a public transit service in Simcoe Muskoka, you will be required to wear a face covering. Visit the Simcoe Muskoka Health Uni​t website for more information. 

FAQ’s- Wearing a Fac​e Covering in All Indoor Public Spaces 

Sector Specific Guidelines for Re-Opening

The Province of Ontario has developed a framework for re-opening the Province as well as s​ector specific ​resources​ to help protect workers ​and the general public from ​coronavirus and a Guide on How to Develop a Workplace Safety Plan​​.

Recommendations include:

•    have a plan and supplies to keep all work surfaces and high touch areas clean; 

•    provide sanitizer or wash stations for staff and customers; 

•    control the number of people in the business premises and manage traffic flow to ensure social distancing of two meters; 

•    use cloth masks and face covers when physical distancing can’t be maintained (Public Health recommends non-medical cloth masks for the general public); 

•    provide signage that communicates to employees and customers health and safety protocols while in the store; and where possible, 

•    minimize contact with customers by continuing to offer and encourage online shopping, curbside delivery and contactless payment. 

Guidance and Posters from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development​

•    Food Processing Sector

•    Restaurant and Food Services Sector 

•    Agriculture Sector​

•  ​​  Manufacturing Sector ​

Workplace Safety Guidance Documents


    Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: Public Health Guidance for Retail Stores ​

    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Retail Sector ​

•    Guidance for Curbside Pickup or Delivery Services ​

•    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Stock, Produce, Meat and Grocery Associates​

•    ​ Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Food Retail Sector 

•  ​  Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Cashiers ​

•    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Garden Centre Sector

​    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Retail General Labour Employee​

​•    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Customer Service Representatives ​

•    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Commercial Industrial Sector ​

•    Road to Retail  Recover​y Playbook 

•    Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe - Open for Business Recovery Kit 

•    Township of Clearview: COVID-19 Customer Education Resources​

Auto Servic​e and Sales:​

•   Workplace Safety & Prevention for Vehicle Sales & Service Sector

•  Workplace Safety & Prevention for Service Managers, Service Technicians and Other Vehicle Sales/Employer

Restaurants and Foodservices:

•   ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Restaurants Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers

​​​    Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

•  ​  Dine Safe Resource Guide for ​Creating Guest Confidence and Comfort  ​​

•  ​ COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises

•  ​ ​ Restuaurant Canada: Navatigating COVID-19​

•  ​ ​ COVID-19 Guiance for Food Premises

•  ​ ​ Information Bulletin: Liquor sales licensees may extend their patios for the duration of 2020 once permitted to open

•   ​​COVID-19 Publuc Health Guidance for Re-Opening a Food Premise for Outdoor Dining

•   Public Washroom​​



•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Golf Course​

•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Marinas During COVID-19

•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Tourism and Hospitality Sector

•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Hotel Reception, Room Service and Frontline Staff

•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Housekeeping/Laundry Employees in Tourism Sector​

• ​  Re-Opening RV Parks and Campgrounds 

   Guidance for Campgrounds 

   The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide 

​   Golf Operation Safety Tips 

​   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Outdoor Recreation and Drive-in​​

​   Public Washrooms​


•   Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Agri-Food Processing During COVID-19

•   Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Farm Workers​

•   ​ Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Agricultural Supervisors​

•   ​ Transportation of Agricultural Workers

•    Ontario Federation of Agriculture​


•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Manufacturing

•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Quality Control Engineers and Technicians

•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Supervisors, Production & Operations Management

•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Warehouse Workers, Forklift Operators & Material Handlers

•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Health and Safety Warehousing Sector


•    ​​Health and Safety Guidance for Employers in Office Settings

•    ​​​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Office Administration and Secretarial Staff


•    ​​​​Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Taxi/Rideshare Drivers​


•    ​​​​​Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 for Childcare Centre

•    ​​​​​​COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Childcare Provider​

•    COVID-19: Precautions When Working In A Day Camp​

•    COVID-19 Guidances: Summer Day Camps

•    ​​COVID-19 Public Health Guidance fr Day Camps

•    COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Opening Day Camps

​​​•    ​​​​​​Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak for Child Care Re-Opening

•    ​​​​​​COVID-19: SMDHU Guidance for Emergency Childcare Settings

Outdoor Maintenance and Construction:​

•    ​​​​​​​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Lawn Care Workers

•    ​​​​​​​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Maintenance and Facilities Maintenance Employees During COVID-19

•    ​​​​​​​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Equipment Operators and General Labourers During COVID-19

•    ​​​​​​​​​​Construction Site Health and Safety During COVID-19

•    Guidance on Tool Sharing During COVID-19

•    Guidance on Personal Protection Equipment Cleaning During COVID-19

•    ​​Guidance on Handling and Receiving Packages on Construction Sites During COVID-19

•    ​​​Guidance on Worker Procedure (Handling Paperwork) on Construction Site During COVID-19

•    ​​​Guidance on Lunchroom Practices for Construction Sites During COVID-19

•    ​​​Guidance on COVID-19 Screening for Construction

•    ​​​​​Guidance on Construction Site Trailers During COVID-19

•    ​​​​​​Construction Guidance on End of Shift Best Practices During COVID-19​

•    ​​​​​​​​Guidance for On-Site Construction Sanitation During COVID-19

•    ​​​​​​​​​Guidance on Workers' Responsibilities with COVID-19 on Construction Sites

•    ​​​​​​​​​​Guidance on Construction Supervisor Responsibilities

•    ​​​​​​​​​​​Guidance on Construction Facility Hygiene During COVID-19

•    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Guidance on Shipping and Receiving During COVID-19​

Healthcare and Personal Service:

•  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Health and Safety Guidance for Foodservice Workers in Healthcare for COVID-19
  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 for Community Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centres

•  ​Health and Safety for Long-Term Care

•  ​​Physician and Primary Care Provider Health and Safety Guidance During COVID​-19

•  Acute Care Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19

•  Dental Office Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19

•  Home Care and Community Services Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19

•  COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Personal Support Worker

•  ​​COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Nurse in Healthcare

•  ​​COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Housekeeping/Laundry in Healthcare

•  ​​COVID-19 Precautions When Working as a Recreation Worker in Healthcare

•  ​​COVID-19: Precautions When Working in Administration in Healthcare

•  ​​COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Paramedic

•  Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Health and Safety in Personal Services

•  Health and Safety During COVID-19 for Social & Community Services (Group Homes)

•  COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Social & Community Services Worker

•  COVID-19: Managing Infection Risks During In-Person Dental Care

•  Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Dental Offices

•  COVID-19: Precautions When Working As An Optometrist

•  COVID-19 Guidelnes for Personal Service Settings

Funeral Homes:

•  Workplace Safety & Prevention Service for Funeral Workers​


•  Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 for Transit Employers

•  COVID-19: Precautions When Working as a Tra​nsit Worker


•  Guidance on Performing Powerline Technician Tasks

Waste Collection:

•  Waste Collection Worker Health and Safety During COVID-19


•    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Logistics
•    Guidance on Mental Awareness for Transport Drivers During COVID-19

•    Guidance on Precautions for Transport Drivers During COVID-19

•    ​​Guidance for Fueling​ of Vehicles During COVID-19

•    ​​​Guidance for Handling and Receiving Packages

•    ​​​Guidance on Cleaning and Sanitizing Inside Your Vehicle
•    ​​​Transportation Service Health and Safety During COVID-19
•    ​​​Guidance on Rest Stop Hygiene During COVID-19

•    ​​​Guidance on Providing Truck Drivers Access to Washrooms During COVID-19
•    Guidance on Commercial Vehicle Drivers Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
•    Guidance on Hours of Service and Fatigue Management (for Drivers) During COVID-19

Culture and Recreation Services:​

•    Workplace Safety and Prevention Services for Television Hosts, Technical Crews and Other Employees During COVID-19​

•    COVID-19: Precautions When as a Park & Recreation Worker

•    Health and Safety Guidance for Parks and Recreation Employers

​    Workplace Safety & Prevention ​​​Services Guidance for Television, Film, and Live Performance Sector During COVID-19​

​    ​Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 for Library Employers


COVID-19: Pracautions when Working as a Library Worker​

Correctional Services:​​

•    Precautions When Working as a Correctional Officers


•    Workplace Safety for Forestry Sector During COVID-19

Veterinary Services:

•    ​​Workplace Safety & Prevention Services for Veterinary Services, Pet Groomers, Dog Walkers, Boarding and Animal Care​

Other Information:

•    ​Province of Ontario Workplace Personal Protective Equipment Supplier Directory

•    ​​Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

•    ​​Mask Use for Non-Healthcare Workers

•    ​​​​When and How to Wear a Mask

•    ​​​​​Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

•    ​​​​​​How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Older Adult/Chronic Medical Conditions

•    ​​​​​​​Understanding Physical Distancing

•    ​​​​​​​​How to Wash Your Hands

Facts and Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can reopen in Stage 1?  
The partial list of businesses allowed to open (provided they can safely do it) are listed here.   


What are the safety guidelines the Province developed? 
All businesses should follow the safety guidelines established for their specific sector. Refer to safety organizations on the Province of Ontario website. 


Are surgical & N95 Masks recommended for businesses to protect form COVID‑19? 
No. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is recommending the use of cloth masks or face coverings for employees and the public during Stage 1. Some businesses in Stages 2 and 3 will be required to use healthcare-compliant PPE. 


Do I have to screen employees and customers? 
It is recommended you screen workers regularly for symptoms. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recommends passive screening for customers. Post signage at entries asking people not to enter if they have any symptoms.  


What if I can’t follow the safety guidelines in my location? 
If you are not confident you can follow safety guidelines while re-opening your business, it is best you maintain status quo. Remain closed or continue with online sales and curbside pick up. 


Should I continue with the alternative arrangements we have been using to do business? 
Yes. It is possible we will shift back and forth with restrictions throughout the course of the pandemic and recovery phases could last months. ​