Covid-19, Health

WECHU’s Instruction for Residents, Employers, Business Owners and Operators

At today’s YouTube Live broadcast at 9:30 a.m., Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed informed the community that additional instructions to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community would be implemented pursuant to Ontario Regulations 364/20, Rules for Areas at Step 3.

Effective September 7 at 12:01 a.m., all Windsor-Essex residents or persons responsible for a business or organization that is permitted to open under the Reopening Ontario – A Flexible Response to COVID-19, Act 2020 Regulation 364/20 will be required to adopt additional requirements above and beyond the provincial regulations until September 20 at 12:01 a.m.

Instructions:

To the extent that anything in these instructions conflicts with other applicable Provincial legislation or directives, those Provincial requirements prevail. Where conflicts do not exist, these instructions are additional to any applicable Provincial requirements.


1) General instructions:

–  Take any and all measures to comply with all requirements in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and associated regulations and all local Section 22 Orders.


2) General instruction for all Workplaces:

–  Zero tolerance for non-compliance with all measures under the Reopening Ontario, A Flexible Response to COVID-19 Act, 2020.

–  Review workplace safety plans with workers regularly, at least once per month and make adjustments as needed.

–  Keep a list of all attendees to the workplace (visitors, patrons, clients etc.) including name and contact information.

–  Provide the list of attendees to public health within 24 hours of a request.


3) Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs and Adult Entertainment Venues:

–  Limit hours of operation to 12 am (i.e., midnight)

–  Ensure all employees wear both a mask and eye protection (i.e. safety goggles, face shield) at all times when working both indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained or when a barrier is not in place

–  For food or drink establishments with Dance Facilities:

–  Prohibit dancing indoors, except where dancing is part of employment and 2 metres can be maintained.


4) Weddings and Funerals (Ceremony or Reception):

–  Prohibit dancing indoors, except for the marital couple.

–  Limit capacity of wedding, funeral, right or ceremony to the number of persons that can maintain 2 metres physical distance up to a maximum of 100 people.

–  Prohibit the use of greeting or receiving lines.

–  Ensure active screening at the event and prohibit any person that fails the screening from attending.

–  Ensure that masks are worn at all times except when seated at your table.

–  Ensure a process for vaccination verification for all attendees.

–  Keep a list of attendees including contact information for all attendees.

–  Provide the list of attendees to public health within 24 hours of a request.


5) Meeting or event space, conference centres, convention centres:

–  Record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event and provide the record to public health within 24 hours of a request.

–  Ensure compliance with all items under the Reopening Ontario Act, letter of instruction and section 22 orders for events using the facility, including instructions for weddings and funerals.


The instructions related to Weddings and Funerals (number 4), will come into effect September 20th as of 12:01 a.m.

All the above instructions will continue to remain in place until further notice.

A copy of the full letter is available on wechu.org in English and French (coming soon).

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