COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

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Gradual Reopening

Effective March 21, 2022

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Ontario Outlines Steps to Ease Public Health Measures

As of March 21, 2022 the majority of COVID-19 related public health and workplace safety measures outlined in the Reopening Ontario Act (and regulations under this Act) are lifted. This includes:

  • No capacity or physical distancing limits
  • Screening (active or passive) is not required
  • Collecting contact information is not required
  • Proof of vaccination is not required
  • Masks are only required in limited settings (until April 27 2022):
    • Public transit and bus passenger transportation services (but not including sightseeing or touring services)
    • Health-care settings including hospitals, independent health facilities, clinics that provide health care services, and laboratories (e.g., medical office, dental office, optometrist, chiropractor, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and so forth)
    • Long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care and residential service settings, shelters, and jails
  • Safety plans are not required

For more details, please refer to:

The government has announced its intention to revoke all remaining measures, directives and orders on April 27, 2022. Please be aware, the COVID-19 virus is still present in our community and globally. Moving forward:

  • Case and contact management for COVID-19 continues. For more information on what to do if you have symptoms, test positive, or are exposed to COVID-19, please see the Living with COVID-19 page. 
  • Businesses or organizations may choose to continue to implement organizational policies to protect workers and patrons, such as mandatory masking, physical distancing and/or proof of vaccination. 
  • The province will continue to provide rapid antigen tests (RAT) through participating workplaces, pharmacies and grocery stores. See below for more information.
  • Individuals may continue to practice protective measures, such as wearing masks.

This is a significant time of transition for everyone. There are vulnerable members of our community that will need to continue with public health measures. Please be kind to yourself and one another as we all find our balance, navigate personal risks, choose ongoing protective measures, and re-establish routines and activities.

If you have questions about provincial requirements for businesses or organizations or about impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

When there are changes to COVID-19 public health measures, Lambton Public Health shares sector-specific guidance with the following sectors: Businesses; Restaurants & Food Establishments; Sports & Recreation; Personal Services Settings; Casinos, Bingo Halls and Gaming Establishments; Campgrounds; Places of Worship and Municipalities. To be added to our distribution list, please email: workplacewellness@county-lambton.on.ca 

Note: The information provided on this webpage does not contain legal advice and should not be relied on or treated as legal advice. It does not replace or modify the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Employment Standards Act (ESA), or their respective regulations. Workplaces should seek their own legal advice to address their specific workplace circumstances. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors and officers apply the law based on the facts in the workplace.

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COVID-19 Resources

Case and Contact Management for Employees:

For guidance on how to manage employees that are symptomatic, Covid positive or close contacts, please go to Living with COVID-19

Rapid Screening Programs for Businesses:

Businesses may be eligible to access rapid antigen testing kits for use as part of workplace screening programs within their organization. Refer to the below programs for more details including eligibility: 

COVID Safety Measures:

Financial Support for Businesses and Individuals:

Training Resources

Please see our general COVID-19 Resources page for additional resources.

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