Stay-at-home order extended, and other updates

May 13, 2021

Today, the provincial government announced an extension of Ontario’s stay-at-home order as new, more contagious variants continue to pose significant risks. The order, which had been set to expire on May 19, will now be extended to June 2. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. See the full media release.
No other substantive changes to the order or essential workplace designations were announced.
As active COVID-19 case counts continue to decline across the province and the squeeze on the health care system starts to lessen, the province will consider removing restrictions on June 2, but has indicated that they may need to be extended.

We remind members that our industry’s ability to be designated as an essential workplace hinges on our 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, including new guidance for masking and eye protection onsite.

Other updates:

Construction workers now eligible to book vaccine appointments
As of this week, workers in construction (including infrastructure) are eligible to book their vaccine appointments through the provincial vaccination website, as part of the category of People who cannot work from home, Group 2.

Free rapid test kits for essential workplaces
The Provincial Antigen Screening Program provides free rapid antigen test kits to essential workplaces, including construction. Read about the program requirements

If you have questions or concerns, please contact BILD.