The restrictions are similar to those enacted during the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.
When at work, individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering when in the indoor business areas. Masks or face coverings are now recommended outdoors when a physical distance of more than 2 meters can’t be maintained.
A new Stay Safe All Day campaign under the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will focus on workplace inspections in known areas of high transmission – including break rooms.
The ministry has found through inspections that workers in a breakroom or vehicle sometimes forget to wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and hand hygiene.
The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is advising carriers to ensure the new measures are respected in their workplaces.
Intensive Care Unit occupancy by Covid-19 patients is now over 400 beds and is projected to be as high as 1,000 beds by early February which has the potential to overwhelm Ontario’s hospitals, the provincial government says.
The news come as Quebec has enacted measures including curfews running from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8. Trucking activities continue there as well.