Ontario imposes province-wide stay-at-home order
April 7, 2021
Today, the Ontario government announced it is imposing a province-wide stay-at-home order, as of Thursday, April 8, 12:01 a.m., as a measure to limit the impact of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases on the health care system. This is in addition to the emergency brake shutdown that took effect on Saturday, April 3. The new measures will be in effect for 28 days throughout the province of Ontario. Read the full media release.
At this time, all construction work may continue. The rules outlined in O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1 still apply:
The Ministry of Labour specifically identified the construction sector for enhanced inspection and enforcement during this 28-day period. We remind members that our industry’s ability to be designated as an essential workplace hinges on our collective strict adherence to provincial requirements. 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.
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.