Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City has significantly expanded its guidance resources for local businesses and community organizations preparing for a safe re-opening when the Province announces Toronto will enter into Stage 2. With expectations that more businesses will be approved to operate in the near-term, public health safety guides have been produced for commercial and residential buildings, correctional facilities, education institutions, food premises, funeral homes and cemeteries, long-term care homes, and many other settings. This information will be helpful for any business wanting to understand how Public Health is approaching workplace safety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the City of Toronto will continue to develop and publish resources to the Community & Workplace Settings website, it should be remembered that the City’s advice is just one piece of the puzzle. Federal and Provincial Public Health officials continue to be the primary leads determining what new technologies and products are appropriate for mitigating risk and employee health and safety must always be assessed in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild will continue to work with Toronto Public Health and various tables to determine new ways that the City can support businesses and Sussex continues to connect clients with top officials to ensure their needs and concerns are understood.
The following is a partial list of the most useful sector and business-specific guides and resources that the City of Toronto has compiled and published: