Many questions and much misinformation is still circulating about Covid-19 and your rights as a business. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your business is as safe as possible – for you, your employees and your customers.
Some of these responsibilities are mandated by the government and others are not. In this article, you will find links to resources to help you navigate your legal responsibilities, your social responsibilities and what you are free to decide with your best judgment.
Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace: this page has been created by the Government of Ontario to help you find the specific regulations pertaining to your business. There are different safety regulations depending on whether your business is in childcare, food services, or retail as well as many others.
Here you can find resource materials and a searchable grid to to your specific responsibilities, as well as your rights and responsibilities as a business owner.
A frequently asked question is: Can I deny entry to someone not wearing a mask? The answer is complicated. You can deny entry to an unmasked customer or client in the same way you can declare “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” However, there is no specific law regarding this. It is up to you to decide whether the unmasked person will pose a threat to the safety of your patrons and employees. It may not be worth the fight to enforce the mask policy if it can be claimed that you are violating human rights. Read the CBC article for more information.