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Managing Changing COVID-19 Requirements The COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges for businesses and individuals around the world, but as the province lifts pandemic restrictions for public places, what are the workplace implications? Will government restrictions for workplaces also ease? And if they do, should your workplace lift all its restrictions? Not necessarily. It's not about throwing out the controls and processes you've put into place; it's about merging them into a sustainable system. This way you have the flexibility to either ramp up again if COVID-19 case numbers increase and guidelines are reinstated, or to loosen restrictions further when Public Health gives the green light. Remember, loosening workplace restrictions requires thought and careful management. Before you decide what controls to lift, monitor changing requirements, consider your COVID-19 risks, how comfortable employees and customers will be with changes, whether pandemic controls offer other benefits to your workplace, and how you will communicate the changes. Guidance & Resources What restrictions have been lifted and which are still in place? Proof of vaccination and capacity limits were removed on March 1, 2022, which means that the requirement for "needing to physically distance if consuming food or drink" was removed. This means that lunchrooms, meeting rooms etc. have no capacity limits, and no requirements for physical distancing. But it's important to remember that although some restrictions eased, some remain in place, such as masking, passive screening, and contact tracing. All businesses that are open and operational must also have a current safety plan in place. The Ontario government has created an information line to provide additional support for employers, as requirements continue to change. Please visit Stop the Spread Business Information Line to learn more, and for "real time" updates! Masking and Passive Screening Guidance Resources Although some restrictions eased on March 1, 2022, some remain in place. For example, passive screening for workers and visitors is still required. Masking is also still required until March 21, 2022. Passive screening means workers and visitors need to self-evaluate if they have risk factors that require them to exclude themselves from the workplace. Active screening may still be appropriate in some circumstances and employers can continue this measure if they choose. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Customer Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations Worker and Employee Screening Tool screening guidance for employers

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