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ORHMA COVID-19 RESOURCES


DineSafe.ca
Our new DineSafe.ca platform is a catalogue of best practices to help guide your safe and successful reopening. Developed by the industry for the industry because we are in this together!

HELPING EVERY RESTAURANT OPEN SAFELY VIDEO:




Key COVID-19 Protocols to Remember

ORHMA has been in touch with several public health units who have expressed concerns about a lack adherence to mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace. We want to remind our industry that we are NOT out of the woods yet and we need to do what we can to avoid another lockdown and to keep your doors open.

  • Masks: Face coverings are required to be worn by members of the public and workers in indoor public places and workplaces, with limited exceptions.  If dining at a restaurant, masks can be removed once a patron is seated.

  • Eye Protection: Businesses are required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that provides protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth, if a worker is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering and not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.   (Example: A server who comes within 6 feet of a patron must have a shield or protection over their face which covers their eyes.)

  • Social Distancing: The total number of patrons permitted to be in restaurant is determined by physical distancing of 6 feet / 2 metres or separated by plexiglass or impermeable barrier. 

  • Contact Tracing: The person responsible for the establishment must, record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an area of the establishment, unless the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order, maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law. 



Proof of Vaccination Required in Several Indoor Settings 

Beginning on September 22, 2021, individuals will need to show proof of vaccination - PDF document printed or on smart phone (two doses plus 14 days) with photo ID at the following settings:


  • Restaurants and Bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as take-out and delivery)
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
  • Meetings and Event Spaces (Banquet Halls, and Conference / Convention Centres) - this includes weddings
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities (including facilities at hotels)
  • Sporting events
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls, and Gaming Establishments
  • Strip Clubs, Bathhouses and Sex Clubs
  • Racing Venues (e.g. Horse Racing) 


Termination & Severance Provisions in the ESA - ORHMA Survey 

The Ontario government has extended the temporary relief measures from the termination and severance provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) until September 25, 2021. 
ORHMA has been active on this file in advocating continuous extensions since COVID-19 began. In pursuit of a further extension to the end of 2021 we are asking you to answer the following survey  to support our work on this on behalf of Ontario's hospitality industry. The survey will only take 2 minutes to complete. 



Ontario Pauses Exit from the Roadmap to Reopen

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced that the government is pausing the provinces exit from the Roadmap to Reopen. The exit from the roadmap was initially based on vaccination rates and prevailing trends. Vaccination targets were 80% of the population for one dose, 75% fully vaccinated and for every public health unit to have reached a minimum of 70% fully vaccinated.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place. Upcoming new modelling reinforces the health experts fears in the Delta outbreaks on this 4th wave. 



Know How Each Party Platform Impacts Our Hospitality Industry 


With the federal election approaching, ORHMA has gathered all the information you need to know to understand how each federal party platform impacts our hospitality industry should that party get elected. Read more. 



Call to Action: Extend Federal Support Programs 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) have been critical lifelines for our sector and employees throughout this pandemic. These programs are aggressively winding down and it crucial that tailored financial support continues for our sector so we can make it to the other side of recovery. The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses is calling on the federal government to extend CEWS and CERS to ensure survival of hospitality into the fall and winter. To learn more about how you can get involved in our campaign to advocate for extended and tailored financial support, click here.  


ORHMA Participates In The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses


ORHMA, along with other like-minded business associations, have aligned and come together to form the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, who are behind the need for support.  It comes at no surprise that this global pandemic has negatively impacted many sectors across Canada, but our sector specifically has been hit the hardest. Businesses in our hospitality industry, an industry whose core operation is about bringing people together, face to face, are in a crisis, with many not seeing revenue for over 6 months.  Businesses operating in Ontario’s hospitality industry continue to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Although they are operating a controlled environment, businesses continue to face shut-downs and battle with gaining consumer confidence resulting in revenue and employment losses, with a tough road to recovery ahead.  Read more.  




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