UPDATE: Letter from SMDHU Re: Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Inspections

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April 27, 2021


To persons responsible for a business or organization in the municipalities in the County of Simcoe, the
District of Muskoka, and the Cities of Orillia and Barrie:


We have been informed that the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is again
planning to conduct an education and enforcement initiative in Simcoe Muskoka to ensure workplaces
and businesses are following public health guidelines and properly protecting workers and the public
from COVID-19.


On Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, MLTSD will be working with local police officers, public health
(public health inspectors and tobacco enforcement officers) as well as municipal bylaw enforcement to
conduct education and enforcement visits across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. The
inspections will assist with confirming that retail businesses and workplaces are complying with the
provincial Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and associated regulations.


Some of the protective safety measures in these regulations include:
• Safety plans must be written and posted where easily seen by the employer.
• Screening requirements for staff and customers for symptoms of COVID-19.
• Proper use of masks and face coverings.
• Crowd control measures and capacity limits to ensure proper 2 metre physical distancing.


I will be speaking to this initiative during my weekly media briefing today. The briefing will be posted on
the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) YouTube channel for viewing.


Businesses are encouraged to visit the SMDHU website often for information and resources to support
them in operating in compliance with COVID-19 emergency measures. SMDHU’s Health Connection line
is also available at 1-877-721-7520 (Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30
pm). SMDHU can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Thank you for your continued attention and efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Sincerely,
ORIGINAL Signed By:
Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health

COVID-19 Advisory

In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

Thank you for the work you have already done to protect our community by following public health protocols throughout these challenging times.

Stay strong, choose local, and please consider participating in our Rapid Screening Program to help reduce community spread.