Current COVID-19 Restrictions & Variant Updates
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Summary of Public Health & Workplace Safety Measures
- UPDATE from June 11, 2022
- Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, issued a statement lifting most masking requirements for the province. To continue providing an additional layer of protection for the most vulnerable, masks are still required in long-term care and retirement homes. Masking is recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes.
- The Ministry of Health has updated COVID-19 guidance documents for health care workers and specific settings (i.e., long-term care and retirement homes). These include guidance on when masks should be worn in hospitals and other health care settings.
- Local hospitals will NOT be changing masking policies and procedures, which apply to all visitors, patients (as tolerated), and all staff regardless of what area they work in.
- Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations is highly recommended to help us live with and manage COVID-19.
- Businesses and organizations may choose to have passive screening signage and/or safety plans. Downloadable and printable signage is available here.
- Wearing well-fitted masks in indoor public settings is still highly recommended and may be required in certain indoor settings, including:
- public transit, including indoor areas and vehicles. This does not include businesses or organizations that provide sightseeing or touring services
- health care settings including:
- psychiatric facilities
- doctors’ offices
- immunization clinics
- specimen collection centres
- home and community care provider locations only if you are an employee or contractor
- long-term care and retirement homes
- shelters and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals
- Physical distancing is still highly recommended in public settings.
- Businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry but must do so in accordance with all applicable laws and may benefit from independent legal advice before proceeding.
- The Verify Ontario app will continue to be made available for businesses and other settings that wish to continue using it.
- Avoid attending any facility or program if you are sick or have symptoms.
- Individuals who have recently been infected with COVID-19 should continue to take the steps to reduce their risk of re-infection.
For more information about what public health and safety measures apply to your business or workplace, visit the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 public health measures and advice page or Schedule 4 of the O. Reg 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT.
Domestic and International Travel
Medical Laboratories of Windsor
Schedule an appointment online or by calling 519-258-1991 and press “0” Monday – Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Locations & Hours of Operation:
5841 Malden Road, LaSalle
- Monday – Friday: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
- Saturday: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1428 Ouellette Ave, Windsor (First Floor)
- Monday – Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
197 Talbot Street W, Leamington (Suite 203)
- Monday – Friday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Schedule an appointment by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please advise of date and time of travel/flight and your destination.
Location: 13278 Tecumseh Rd E, Suite #101, Windsor
Safe Travels Vaccination Clinic
Schedule an appointment online or by calling 226-773-5252.
Location: 1428 Ouellette Avenue, Suite #302, Windsor
For more information, visit www.safetravelsclinic.com.
Schedule an appointment online or by calling 833-819-9048.
Location: IDA Pharmacy, 3211 Sandwich St., Windsor
Windsor Travel Health
Location: 5115 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor
Variants of Concern
- The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is now the dominant variant strain in Ontario.
- BA.2 spreads more easily than the previous Omicron sub-variant (BA.1); however, there is currently no evidence showing there are differences in the severity of infection between the two variants.
- Everyone, including those who have recently been infected with the previous BA.1 sub-variant should continue to take the steps to reduce their risk of re-infection (i.e. masking, staying up to date with your vaccinations, etc.).
The latest information about variants of concern is available on Public Health Ontario’s website.
Local Orders and Instructions
Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) may issue an order to limit the spread of communicable disease in the community. Actions under a Section 22 Order must be necessary for reducing or removing the risk for spread of communicable diseases, and can include individuals or a class of individuals. Class orders apply to groups of persons as defined in the order issued by the medical officer of health.
Enforcement & Complaints
For inquiries or complaints related to self-isolation or other provincial orders contact your local police non-emergency line: