Health unit issues new letter of instruction to Simcoe-Muskoka businesses and organizations

Medical officer of health asking employers to appoint a compliance officer

Some new instructions coming from the health unit’s head health official concerning local businesses.

Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, issued a new letter of instruction to local businesses and organizations on Thursday with some updated healthcare measures for workplaces. In his letter, Dr. Gardner has instructed those responsible for a business or organization to appoint a compliance officer. This person would be responsible for the implementation of a COVID-19 safety plan and to make sure everyone complies with it.

The letter instructs employers to ensure their workers can do their jobs remotely wherever reasonably possible, to reduce the number of workers exposed to the workplace. In that workplace, Dr. Gardner is expecting active screening, conducted daily, occurring before a worker enters the workplace at the beginning of their workday.

The letter also discusses the importance of commonplace measures like physical distancing and barriers, as well as the need for masks in all settings accessible to members of the public or where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Dr. Gardner’s letter of instruction can be found online. It supersedes any previous letters of instruction sent out to local businesses.