City releases reopening checklist for Ottawa businesses

Physical distancing in elevator
Physical distancing in elevator

With a growing number of local businesses looking to reopen as provincial restrictions are eased, the City of Ottawa has compiled a collection of resources including signage, fact sheets, regulatory guidelines and links to government assistance programs to help companies reopen safely.

The documents include a reopening checklist that covers issues such as how to prepare employees, ready the workplace and create a physical distancing plan.

The package also contains guidance for specific sectors with unique requirements such as construction, retail, manufacturing and health-care providers.

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Ontario began its first stage of reopening on Tuesday, a move that included lifting restrictions on retail stores and surgeries.

The province says workplaces can begin to reopen but working from home should continue as much as possible.

All construction can resume, and limits will be lifted on maintenance, repair and property management services, such as cleaning, painting and pool maintenance.

Most retail stores that have a street entrance can reopen with physical distancing restrictions, such as limits on the number of customers in a store and providing curbside pickup and delivery.

Golf courses can reopen, though clubhouses can only open for washrooms and takeout food. Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches can also open, as can private parks and campgrounds for trailers and RVs whose owners have a full-season contract, and businesses that board animals.

Other businesses and services included in the stage one reopening include regular veterinary appointments, pet grooming, pet sitting and pet training; libraries for pickup or deliveries; and housekeepers and babysitters.

– With reporting by the Canadian Press

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