COVID-19 Resources and Information
Creating A Plan To Maintain Your Business
Develop a COVID-19 Operational Plan
Remember that this is not ‘business-as-usual’. In order to accommodate physical distancing requirements, patrons and staff must not be permitted to congregate in groups. This may (and likely will) result in alterations to how the workplace is set up, how the activity would normally occur or how patrons and staff would normally interact and go about business.
- Patrons may partake in their activity while maintaining a minimum of two metres or six feet between themselves and others at all times (with the exception of members of the same household or ‘bubble’).
- Where possible, a designated staff member should monitor adherence to physical distancing requirements on premise.
- Situations where interfacing between staff and customers is common might deserve special considerations for mutual protection (installing a plexiglass screen at the cash, for example).
- In elevators, limit the number of people getting into each car to no more than 2 at a time.
- People should consider only riding the elevator with their own family, taking the stairs, or waiting for the next elevator.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Items such as countertops, chairs (including below the front of the seat), rental/shared equipment, cashier equipment, light switches, public washrooms, doorknobs, and furniture will need to be disinfected more frequently throughout the day. We recommend keeping a record of your cleaning efforts daily
- Use disposable gloves when cleaning surfaces. Make sure that other staff and patrons are removed from the area during clean-up.
- When choosing a cleaning product, it is important to follow product instructions for dilution, contact time and safe use, and to ensure that the product is:
– Registered in Canada with a Drug Identification Number (DIN)
– Labelled as a broad-spectrum virucide
– More information here
Facilitating Personal Hygiene Etiquette
Businesses and organizations will need to ensure that they are enabling thorough and frequent hand hygiene for patrons and staff by signposting and making sure basic supplies are provided. These supplies include:
- hot/cold potable running water
- liquid soap
- paper towel
- garbage bins
- or minimum 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- toilet paper
- cleaning and disinfecting supplies
- personal protection equipment (non-medical masks and disposable gloves) as appropriate.
- Where public washrooms are available, they must be equipped with hot and cold running water under pressure, liquid soap, paper towel, toilet paper, and garbage containers. Hand-wash signs must be posted
Personal Protection Equipment
If You Can't Facilitate Social Distancing
If an employer cannot consistently maintain a two-metre separation between people due to essential work activities that require brief sporadic interaction with others, or if there will be unavoidable periods of close interaction, the following steps must be taken:
- First consider the installation of a physical barrier, such as a clear plastic guard, that can protect workers from potential exposure. If not possible;
- Active screening must include temperature checks of all persons, provided a non-contact thermometer (e.g. infrared) is available. Disposable thermometers may be used provided a proper procedure to maintain a non-contact temperature check is implemented.
- For personnel working 24-hour shifts, active screening, including temperature checks, must be conducted a minimum of four times during normal waking or active working hours, spaced in intervals of not more than five active working hours
- Any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must not enter the workplace or, if already mid-shift, be immediately asked to leave the workplace. Dial 811 immediately for instructions
- Hand protection (nitrile gloves)
- Eye protection (safety glasses, goggles, or face shield
The Government of Ontario has published the following Guidance tips and Plans: Click Here For The Full List
We will endeavour to keep you updated as new guidelines are presented
Local PPE Suppliers
Gloves, Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Cleaning Equipment.
102 Argyle Street, Delhi (519) 582 – 3222
*Calling first is recommended
Copper Infused Masks.
Call or Text Michelle Bobby at (705) 999-8763
Face Shields (has produced over 600 for Norfolk General Hospital)
Masks and gloves of different varieties.
479 Queensway W., Simcoe
173 Hillcrest Road, Simcoe (519) 410-4722.
Online ordering available, and delivery available within Norfolk County. Featuring, but not limited to:
- Full range of Disposable Gloves (vinyls, nitriles, all sizes available)
- Disinfectants: ready to use, or concentrate, all DIN registered. Including REVIVE – aerosolized isopropyl alcohol ideal for disinfecting POS systems, high touch surfaces, and all electronics
- Hand Sanitizer – individual containers, bulk orders, and dispensers
- Hand crafted face masks, triple layer protection and washable masks with disposable filters (inventory arriving this week)
- HiViz shirts, or vests for identifying Social Distancing officers, or staff working on disinfecting
- Disposable coveralls if high risk scenarios are involved
- Closed Vent goggles, and full range of safety eye wear
Fully trained, and outfitted for deep disinfection of your business for reopening, or should exposure be a concern. Call to arrange a walk through and quote to ensure nothing is left to chance, we specialize in decontamination, let our years of experience be your partner in seeing your employees and patrons are kept safe.
262 Queensway W., Simcoe (519) 428-5282
For all signage; Distancing, Arrows, Personal Hygiene, ect.
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - Community Futures Supporting Rural Communities
Canadian Business Resiliency Network
Government of Canada
Haldimand & Norfolk Health Unit
For more information locally to help you through the COVID-19 crisis, visit the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce
As discussions shift to reopening the economy, we urge governments to continue to examine all relief measures to ensure businesses can adapt to the economic challenges posed by #COVID19. Read the report here.
Canadian Survey on Business Conditions
The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, a joint effort between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, provides the most detailed insight yet into the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian businesses. The survey is Canada’s first comprehensive view into how our businesses are managing as the COVID-19 shutdown continues. In all, more than 13,000 businesses participated – thank you! Explore the findings here.