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Province-wide workplace inspection blitz coming to Halton February 2 - 5

Province-wide “Stay Safe All Day” inspection blitzes helping to ensure essential businesses are operating safely As part of the Ontario’s expansion of their “Stay Safe All Day” workplace inspection campaign, Provincial offences officers will be visiting businesses and a variety of workplaces across Halton between Tuesday, February 2 and Friday, February 5. The primary focus of the blitz is to educate employers and staff on the latest guidance to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace and how to stay safe. Provincial offences officers may issue tickets to businesses and patrons who are not in compliance with measures set out in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. “Most Halton businesses are taking their responsibilities seriously and taking the necessary precautions to ensure their employees and customers stay safe and healthy. I want to thank our business community and our residents for their ongoing efforts to protect themselves and others,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “In addition to these educational and enforcement blitzes, our Economic Development and Public Health teams at Halton Region continue to make sure that businesses and workplaces have all of the information they need to operate safely.” The provincial blitz is targeting a variety of workplaces, including retail establishments, restaurants providing take-out, essential service-sector establishments, warehouse and storage facilities, agricultural operations and food production facilities and construction and manufacturing operations. Provincial offences officers will be conducting workplace inspections in areas with higher risks for transmission and will be enforcing adherence to capacity limits, physical distancing, mask and face coverings and having a visible, accessible safety plan. Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, continues to remind residents of the role they play in keeping each other safe while out in the community and shopping for essentials. “Stopping the spread of COVID-19 has always been a community effort. While businesses continue to do their part to protect workers and customers, we all need to take individual action by following public health measures when out in public,” said Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani. “If you need to visit a store for essential goods and services, please wear a mask and keep your distance. It can be that simple.” This blitz is another step to control the spread of COVID-19 in Halton. In December, Dr. Meghani provided additional information and guidance to businesses on how to control crowding, ensure a strict two-metre distance and maintain capacity limits in stores and spaces. In addition, Halton’s team of public health inspectors, municipal by-law officers and Halton Regional Police Service officers continue to educate business owners and operators on current public health measures. For the latest public health guidance, including Regional guidance for organizations and businesses, or for more information on resources for businesses, please visit halton.ca. For information on Ontario’s workplace inspection blitz, please read the Province’s January 29 news release.




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