Provincial officials will educate businesses in Burlington, Oakville, Milton about vaccination requirements

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Published October 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

Some businesses in Halton can expect a visit this week from provincial officials to help educate them about Ontario’s proof of vaccination requirements.

The provincial offences officers will be visiting Halton businesses impacted by Ontario’s new rules between today (Tuesday) and Thursday.

The primary focus of the visits is to educate employers and staff on vaccination proof requirements and ensure businesses are following COVID-19 safety requirements.

“I would like to thank the Halton business community for supporting Ontario’s proof of vaccination requirements and all that they have done over the past 18 months to keep employees and customers safe,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“In addition to these Provincial educational activities, Economic Development and Public Health teams at Halton Region continue to offer supports and resources to ensure business owners and operators have all of the information they need to operate safely and stay open.”

Over the coming weeks, in consultation with local public health units, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors and other provincial offences officers will conduct inspection and education campaigns to ensure businesses across Ontario are following COVID-19 safety requirements.

Halton’s team of public health inspectors, municipal by-law officers and Halton Regional Police Service officers will also continue to educate and support business owners and operators on proof of vaccination requirements and current COVID-19 public health measures.

Provincial offences officers and inspectors may issue tickets to businesses and patrons who are not in compliance with provincial measures.

“I continue to encourage all patrons, business owners and employees to be patient and kind as we all take precautions available to protect each other and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

“As we approach colder weather, and with the continued spread of the Delta variant, please get both doses of COVID-19 vaccine to prevent severe illness and hospitalization and prevent infecting those who are immunocompromised or not yet eligible for vaccination. We all must continue to do our part to bring an end to the pandemic.”

Last month, Meghani released recommendations for Halton employers to implement a workplace vaccination policy to protect workers and the public from the virus. Dr. Meghani also issued amended instructions to businesses and organizations to support their efforts to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 and further prevent the spread in workplaces and the community.

To help businesses stay on top of health and safety guidance, the Province has also launched a new Workplace Safety Plan Builder, a free, interactive tool making it easier for workplaces to create and update their COVID-19 safety plans.

Having a written safety plan is mandatory for businesses permitted to be open under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

For the latest public health guidance and resources for businesses, visit the region’s website.

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