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Information for Employers

To prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, it is important for all workplaces to take proactive steps to protect our community. We all have a role to play in keeping employees, clients, and volunteers safe and healthy.


All businesses are required to read the framework and its accompanying regulation in order to determine what actions they must take.

The stay at home order is no longer in place; however, allowing employees to work from home when possible is still recommended.

Masks required

By law, masks are required in all indoor public spaces. Masks are also required when physical distancing is difficult and in indoor workplaces. Masks should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin.
Organizations are required to have a policy in place that mandates staff and members of the public to wear a mask indoors. Businesses and organizations are expected to implement and enforce their mask policy in good faith. 

Click here for more information about masks, including details for businesses and customers.

If you enter a business without a mask and you are not exempt, you can receive a ticket. For more information about this regulation, click here

Employer Toolkit & Communications resources

Letters to businesses

Click here for previous letters from the Health Unit to businesses about guidance regarding COVID-19. 

If you would like to receive these letters and are not currently on our business list, please email coter@timiskaminghu.com to be added. 

Required signage, policies, and safety plan

Employers’ signage, policies, and plans must be consistent with the government of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework and its accompanying regulation. The resources linked below were developed by the Timiskaming Health Unit and the Government of Ontario to help businesses meet these requirements. The set fines for failing to comply with any section of the re-opening Ontario act start at $750. Lack of a safety plan and screening poster have been common ticketed infractions during safety blitzes in other areas of the province.

The following checklist includes signage, policies, and plans that are required for all employers:

Information about masks

Posters: Entrance

Posters: Staff spaces

Sector-specific guidance and resources

Guidance for all sectors

Resources for all sectors

Healthcare Providers


Personal service settings

Religious services, rites, and ceremonies

Fitness facilities, group fitness, and personal training

Cooling rooms

Taxi services, volunteer drivers, and passengers

Hunting camps and lodges


Short-term rentals and cabins

Community gardens