Member Update, July 29, 2020

Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 3

Today, Ontario announced that effective July 31 at 12:01 am it will allow the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening. This decision which was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators. It was also announced that at this time the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will remain in Stage 2. The province will continue in partnership with other levels of government to support Windsor-Essex County so that it can join the rest of the province in Stage 3 once it is safe to do so.

In making yesterday’s announcement the government emphasized that it is critical that we all recognize that the COVID-19 virus is still a threat and in order to avoid a surge or an outbreak everyone must continue to follow public health protocols. This includes practicing physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when it is required or distancing is not possible, staying home when ill and frequent and thorough handwashing. While this shift into Stage 3 and the increased social interaction it will allow will be welcomed it must also be recognized that it will increase the potential for exposure to the virus. Community housing providers must continue to be vigilant and implement practices to ensure the safety of their residents, staff and outside contractors. For support in reopening and expanding your operations safely, responsibly and in compliance with regulations we would encourage you to consult ONPHA’s A Guide for Reopening Your Workplace.

Any questions about reopening, resources for employees and or how to stay safe while the province goes through various phases can be directed to member.support@onpha.org.

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