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If you have questions about the public health measures related to your business or workplace, e-mail COVIDenforcement@kflaph.ca or call the Stop the Spread business information phone line at 1-888-444-3659.
Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces
If you think you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, click here to read the steps to take care of yourself and protect others.
The KFL&A Public Health website for businesses and workplaces has the latest guidelines. For full details and policies, click the more info button below.
Returning to work following COVID-19 illness
- Generally test-based clearance for return to work is not recommended, unless for early return to work in highest-risk settings during critical work shortages.
- Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario (version 14.2), June 2, 2022 (PDF) - Ontario Ministry of Health
- Workers who are confirmed cases or isolated due to COVID-19 symptoms are not required to provide proof of a negative test result (by NAAT) or a positive serological test result to their employers in order to return to work. It is expected that workers who have tested positive abide by public health direction and advice on when they would be considered clear to return to work.
- Employers do have the ability to create their own policies with regard to return from work after sick leave with COVID-19, legal council is recommended to review such policies
- Employers are also urged to discontinue the requirement for sick notes during COVID-19 to reduce the unnecessary burden on the health care system at this time.
What to do if there has been a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace
- Follow the What to do if an employee has COVID-19 workplace checklist (PDF) for next steps.
COVID-19 vaccine information for employers
By promoting vaccination in your workplace can:
- Reduce employee absences due to illness and ensure sustained workplace productivity
- Keep the workforce healthy by preventing employees from getting COVID-19
- Boost workplace morale
Employers have an important role to play in building vaccine confidence among employees in the workplace.
Employers are well placed to facilitate conversations about vaccines because of their position of leadership and existing relationships with staff. Facilitating conversations and giving employees the opportunity to share their concern about vaccines can help increase vaccine literacy, identify barriers to vaccination, and help employees know what to expect before and after getting their vaccine. KFL&A Public Health encourages employers to consult Ontario's toolkit, the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs webpage, and the other resources highlighted below to become familiar with how to respond to some common concerns
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Providing you with expert advice and ensuring that you have all of the latest information on government announcements and available support. This page has a list of resources and relief programming available for your business during this crisis.
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Note: scroll down the page for COVID-specific information.
KFL&A Public Health Recommendations for Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Policies
- Click Here for the March 31, 2022 Update
- Click Here for the Letter of Instruction
- Click Here for Info for business and organizations about vaccine certificates | COVID-19 in Ontario
- Click Here for further detail found under Schedule 4 of O. Reg 364/20, accessible
- Ontario Expands Access to FREE Rapid Tests for General Public
- List of participating retailers: FREE Rapid Tests
- Visit the KFL&A Public Health Unit for the most up-to-date local information
- Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces from the KFL&A Public Health Unit
- Free Rapid Testing Kits for businesses at Kingston Chamber of Commerce
- Covid-19 Response from the City of Kingston
- Public Health Measures for Businesses from the Government of Ontario
- Summary of Measures: Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen
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