Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen
June 11, 2021
As of June 11, 2021, the entire province of Ontario, including the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLDHU) region, begins Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen. The Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN SHUTDOWN ZONE AND AT STEP 1 and the Roadmap to Reopen detail what public health precautions must be taken, including what types of businesses/organizations can open and operate and related public health measures. Check our COVID-19: Roadmap to Reopen webpage for more information.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 (including Vaccine)
Information on the virus itself as well as prevention and protection measures and information about the vaccines are available in the Protection from COVID-19 section of our website. Check here for information about dates when the vaccine is coming to Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area.
When you do need to go out in public, take a cloth face covering/mask with you so you can put it on when you are potentially in close contact with other people. Check here for more information on mask wearing.
Surveillance Reports, Local Cases and Outbreaks
Details about local COVID-19 cases are published on this site at 10:00am Monday to Friday. Check here to read more about Surveillance Reports, Local Cases and Outbreaks.
Take the Self-Assessment to see if testing is advised. There are Assessment Centres in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls where testing is available every day. Check here to find out how and where to get tested.
COVID-19 case management and contact tracing helps track who had the virus and prevent further transmission. Check here for more information on Contact Tracing.
There is a new public health tool in place for protecting the community from COVID-19 infection. Starting October 21, 2020 at 3:00pm, if people who have COVID-19 or are close contacts do not follow public health guidance for self-isolation, then they can be fined under a Medical Officer of Health Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. See media release for more information.
Travelling During COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
Face Covering/Mask Instruction Extension
After careful review, Dr. Paula Stewart is extending the Face Covering/Mask Instruction as long as the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 is in effect. Read Dr. Stewart’s review of the Instruction and rationale for extension here.
Health Unit Phone Lines
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has phone lines open for the public.
We have a school/parent phone line: 1-866-236-0123 – Open 7:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekends.
- For detailed information on what it means to be a “close contact” as well as how contact tracing works, see our webpage on Case and Contact Tracing.
You must screen for COVID-19 every day before your child goes to school. Answer the questions in this provincial screening tool to help you decide if your child should or should not go to school today.
- COVID-19 Screening Tool Hard Copy
- Outil de dépistage de la COVID-19 pour les enfants qui fréquentent les écoles et les services de garde d’enfants
Health Unit Services During COVID-19
Health Unit offices and Service sites are currently CLOSED to WALK-IN PUBLIC – Check here for a listing of our essential services.
We are allowing some visitors that need to access our offices and service sites to deliver goods and services or to attend meetings with Health Unit staff. All visitors that have a prearranged permission to enter an office MUST complete the Visitor Screening Tool before entry is granted. Please communicate the result of the screen to your Health Unit contact person.
COVID-19 and Business
- COVID-19 resources for employers, employees, and members of the public accessing businesses can be found on our COVID-19 and Business webpage.
- Check our Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage for more information on how the Province’s measures affect the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area.
Coping, Helping and Mental Wellness
It’s OK to not feel OK. This is a challenging time for everyone. Creating new routines and rituals, and finding ways to have fun and be active can help to adjust to this new situation. Check here for more information and help lines.
If you or someone you know is need of financial or social support – visit the website for your area for a full listing of resources:
- United Way of Leeds and Grenville
- Lanark County
- Provincial COVID-19 Support for People
- COVID-19 Emergency Benefits – Government of Canada
The Ontario Ministry of Health has a comprehensive website with directives and announcements. Ontario Ministry of Health website – available in multiple languages
COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Centres
As the Government of Ontario continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, childcare centres in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark are now permitted to re-open provided they have specific rules, enhanced health and safety, as well as strict operational requirements in place. Visit our COVID-19 and Child Care Centres section for more information.
Information for Health Care Providers and Hospitals
Reportable Diseases Toolkit and Outbreak Resources
Information for Emergency Service Workers
For more information on this and other topics visit the First Responders section of our website.
Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job. Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitation. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace.
As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added.
Guidance from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Food processing sector
Restaurant and food services sector
Long term care sector
Guidance from health and safety associations
The Ontario government works closely with health and safety associations.
The following associations have released a series of technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and workers:
- Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
- Public Service Health and Safety Association
- Workplace Safety North
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
- Curbside pickup and delivery services
- Executives and management
- Sales and customer service representatives
- Lawn care workers
- Commercial industrial services
- Community garden
- Worker transportation to work sites
- Worker procedures handing paperwork
- Worker responsibilities
- Supervisor responsibilities
- Construction facility hygiene
- Best practices for employer responding to a suspected COVID-19 exposure
- Sharing tools (hand tools)
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Handling and receiving packages
- Responding to a suspected COVID-19 exposure if you are:
- Shippers and receivers (IHSA)
- Shipping (WSPS)
- Drivers and truck drivers
- Mental health awareness for drivers
- Precautions for drivers
- Fuelling of vehicles
- Handling and receiving packages
- Cleaning and sanitizing inside of your vehicle
- Transportation services
- Rest stop hygiene
- Hours of service and fatigue management (for employers)
- Employers of office settings (PSHSA)
- Office sector (WSPS)
- Office administration and secretarial staff
Tourism and hospitality
- Tourism and hospitality sector
- Hotel reception, room service and front line staff
- Hotel housekeeping and laundry
- Equipment operators and general labourers
- Quality control engineers and technicians
- Supervisors, production and operations management
- Warehouse workers, forklift operators and material handlers
- Warehousing sector
- Service managers, service technicians and other vehicle sales and service employees
- Vehicle sales and service sector
Film and TV
- Television hosts, technical crews and other TV and film employees
- Television, film and live performance sector