Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health Issues Amended Letter of Instructions for Business/Organizations
Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani, has issued an amended Letter of Instructions to businesses and organizations to support their efforts to protect their staff and customers/patrons from COVID-19, preventing the spread in their workplaces and our community.
The amended Instructions will replace two existing sets of Instructions issued on May 8 and February 12, consolidating the information and making it easier for businesses and organizations to understand and implement these requirements and current Provincial Rules for Step 3.
Amendments include new requirements for businesses & organizations with 100+ workers physically present at the workplace (including those working in the community) to:
- Establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 safety plan
- Establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 workplace vaccination policy
The amended Instructions also provide additional contact tracing measures in certain settings, including the collection and maintenance of customer/patron contact information for places where there is a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure through closer contact or lack of masking.
The amended Instructions are effective Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
For more information and guidance, please visit halton.ca/COVID19.
Class Order Updated to Align with Provincial Guidance for Case and Contact Management
Dr. Hamidah Meghani has also amended Halton’s Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act to reflect new Provincial directions for case and contact management of COVID-19.
Key amendments to Halton’s Class Order include:
- Updated guidance for how long people must self-isolate based on their symptoms
- Reducing the length of time people with high-risk exposures must self-isolate from 14 to 10 days
- Relieving people with high-risk exposures who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 infections of the requirement to self-isolate, at the discretion of Halton Region Public Health
For more information, please read the media release here.