Today, the Medical Officer of Health issued legally enforceable instructions to businesses and organizations, further rolling back the clock to reinstate work-from-home requirements. 

In ADDITION to those measures announced earlier today, the Medical Officer of Health has issued strong recommendations for all workplaces. It is strongly recommended that all workplaces within the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area immediately implement the following actions:

  • Implement a Workplace Vaccination Policy.
  • Ensure that any person who performs work for your business or organization conducts their work remotely.
    • This action is legally enforceable for businesses or organizations in the City of Greater Sudbury. Effective 12:01 a.m., November 29, 2021, all persons responsible for a business or organization that is open in the City of Greater Sudbury is required under Instructions from the Medical Officer of Health to reinstate the former provincial requirement that people work remotely (i.e. from home), unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace. Certain exceptions apply.
  • Avoid in-person gatherings, both social and professional.
    • Limit in-person staff meetings and gatherings to only those essential.
    • Implement virtual meetings and gatherings.
  • Plan a virtual holiday celebration to ensure everyone can participate safely.
  • If instead you decide to plan an in-person holiday celebration, take all precautions reasonably available to you:
    • Limit the number of people attending to the lowest number possible; do not exceed the social gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, as required by provincial regulation, unless an exception applies.
    • When possible, plan for an outdoor event, or ensure there is sufficient ventilation in indoor spaces.
    • Ensure guests self-screen checking for any of the COVID-19 symptoms and stay away if even a mild one is present.
    • Consider the vaccination status of guests:
      • Consider requiring proof of vaccination.
      • Require masking and physical distancing, especially if you are indoors with people from multiple households whose vaccination status is unknown or not complete.
  • If you choose to serve food or drinks at your gathering, you should wear a mask, wash your hands before and frequently during preparation and serving, and have everyone wash their hands before and after eating.
    • Whether hosting a gathering at your residence, workplace, or a restaurant, limit the number of guests not from the same household seated together to the number that can be physically distanced 2 meters apart.
    • When guests aren’t eating or are leaving the table, they should wear a mask.
  • Make a list of guests attending in case Public Health needs it for contact tracing.
  • Visit our Guidance for events planning page for more information.

Read the complete letter here