Ontario enters emergency brake shutdown on Saturday, April 3
Today, the provincial government announced that it is imposing a province-wide emergency brake shutdown as of Saturday, April 3, 12:01 a.m., as a measure to limit the impact of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases on the health care system. The new measures will be in effect for at least four weeks throughout the province of Ontario. See the province's media release and Update on COVID-19 Projections.
We will circulate and post the updated regulations to the BILD website once they become available. Based on today's announcement, we can confirm that:
Our ability to continue to operate as an essential workplace throughout this pandemic has been predicated on the responsible actions of the industry and the membership. Given the surge in cases and the increased virulence of variants of concern, we strongly urge members not to let their guard down on the responsibility of operating as essential workplaces.
We strongly urge all BILD member companies to revisit their COVID-19 protocols and take all necessary steps to protect workers, clients and members of the public. As a reminder, the Ontario government website has guidance for construction site health and safety. In addition, please make sure that any office spaces are also compliant with public health and workplace safety measures.
Members who meet certain thresholds and location requirements are eligible to participate in a voluntary program to enable on-site rapid screening of workers for COVID-19. Read more information and if you have more questions, contact Justin Sherwood at email@example.com.
Lastly, as confirmed on March 24, construction workers will be eligible for vaccination at the end of phase 2, expected now for June. More information will be forthcoming when it becomes available.
As a precautionary measure, BILD offices will be closed during this time period, with staff working remotely and available by email and by phone. See our staff directory and contact information.