COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses
As health authorities around the world take action to contain the spread of COVID-19, businesses
and employers must also play a role in stopping the spread of this disease. This guidance provides
simple strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace to keep everyone safe. The
strategies can be adapted to meet the unique needs of each workplace.
New bylaw on use of masks or face coverings
The use of non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all indoor public spaces, as per a new
City of Toronto bylaw. More information about the bylaw is available here. The mask bylaw has a set
fine of $1,000 for each offence.
For businesses with indoor spaces that are open to the public, employers are required to develop a
policy and protocols on the wearing of masks. Refer to the guidance on mask and face covering
bylaw for a sample policy your company can adapt. Train staff on the new bylaw policy, including who
is exempt and the proper use of a cloth mask or face covering.
COVID-19: Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Community Organizations
The City of Toronto is overseeing the safe restart of more businesses and services as Toronto entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening Opens in new window on Friday, July 31. On July 24, 2020, the Province enacted the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 Opens in new window to provide further direction on reopening.
Masks & Face Coverings
Wearing a mask or face covering is required under the Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-law in indoor public spaces. Learn how this applies to your organization.
Search for Reopening Guidelines & Resources
Search the table below for your business’ re-opening date, relevant health guidelines, City resources and advice. If there are no specific Toronto Public Health guidelines listed for your organization, read the Health guidelines for businesses and workplaces.
Reopening Toronto Businesses & Workplaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic
A Four Step Public Health Planning Guide
Reopening Toronto Businesses and Workplaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic: TPH Planning Guide – Revised July 31, 2020
This public health planning guide is aimed to help Toronto businesses reopen their businesses safely during the COVID-19
pandemic. It includes four basic steps that should be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among staff, customers,
clients and the public:
Step 1: Learn and stay informed about how COVID-19 spreads
Step 2: Assess risks of COVID-19 spread in the workplace
Step 3: Modify the workplace in order to lower the risk
Step 4: Seek advice, as needed.
The information in this guide does not replace the current prevailing Emergency Orders or any information about public
health, labour relations, employment standards or occupational health and safety published by the Government of Ontario,
or by the Government of Canada.