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Grey Bruce Top Doctor Giving Notice of Intent to Mandate Face Covering Order in Grey Bruce

Posted On: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Order will be implemented in conjunction with the provincial Stage 3 re-opening scheduled for Friday, July 17th.

Grey Bruce Top Doctor Giving Notice of Intent to Mandate Face Covering Order in Grey Bruce

July 14, 2020

Medical Officer of Health Order – Face Coverings in Indoor Public Places in Grey Bruce

The Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra, is ordering all Commercial Establishments in Grey Bruce, to the fullest extent possible for all the following, that they:

·ensure effective measures are in place to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres amongst all employees and clients;

·ensure the availability of alcohol-based hand rub at all entrances and exits; and,

·make the best effort (verbal) to restrict persons from entering the premises or remaining within the premises if not wearing a face covering. Turning away or refusing a customer is not required under this Order.

This order comes into effect with the provincial Stage 3 opening on Friday, 17th day of July, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and shall remain in effect for 4 weeks (being 28 calendar days) from that time. This Order may be rescinded, amended or extended by further Order.

This order is made pursuant to Section. 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 7 as amended.

“The Order will help all of us in maintaining the safe and successful re-opening.” says Grey Bruce Top Doctor, Dr. Ian Arra. “This Order could be used by businesses as a tool to assist in the challenging situation generated by some customers asking the proprietor to address the lack of use of masks by other customers.”

There is no need for a medical note for not wearing a face covering. Please be aware there is no such thing as a COVID-19 Face Mask Medical Exemption Card or anything similar.

While the re-opening of certain sectors of the economy remains a priority, there is a great need to continue to do everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 as the Provincial Stage 3 re-opening plan will include permitted activities with high contact intensity and that would require significant modifications to maintain public health safety. Additionally, re-opening of commercial establishments will increase the frequency of contact and limit opportunities for physical distancing. The risk of cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in Grey and Bruce Counties increase without adequate preventative measures as identified in the Order.

Attachment: CLASS ORDER of the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit

For More Information:

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269


Friday, July 10, 2020


Here are links to some COVID-19 resources and information you may find useful. These items are available on the GBHU website and may be shared publicly.  If you have any questions, please call the Help Line at: 519-376-9420 ext 3000.


Please note: the COVID-19 section of the Grey Bruce Public Health website has been recently updated. It includes general COVID-19 information, inquiries, and resourcesinformation for health care providersinformation on the recovery phase, and a message from Dr. Arra Medical Officer of Health.  Please see this resource for workplaces to develop safety plans.  It is a valuable resource to help your organization ensure all safety practices are in place, in relation to COVID-19.


1.      News Release Intent to Mandate Face Coverings

2.      News Release COVID-19 Case in West Grey

3.      News Release COVID-19 Dashboard

4.      News Release Workplace Testing Strategy

5.      FAQ for Masks and Face Coverings

6.      GBHU Nail Salons Checklist_Reviewed_V3

7.      GBHU Hair Salons Barber Shop Checklist_Reviewed_V3

8.      GBHU Tattoos Piercing Checklist_Reviewed_V3

9.      COVID19 Guidelines for PSS_IDreviewed_v2

10.  GBHU Daily Situation Report 

11.  OPHA COVID-19 Summary of Key Developments for July 3 – July 9th 2020 (below Social Media links)


  If you have any questions, please call the Help Line At: 519-376-9420 ext 3000


Please Consider Following the Grey Bruce Health Unit on Social Media:



Facebook: Grey Bruce Health Unit


Twitter: GBPublicHealth


Instagram: gbpublichealth


YouTube: GreyBruceHealthUnit

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 9

Provincial Developments

Ontario's Actions to Reduce Racism and Inequity in Schools

  • The Ontario government's effort to do away with streaming for Grade 9 students will begin with one course starting next fall.
  • Education Minister Lecce indicated the province's math curriculum will be the first to be de-streamed as of September 2021.
  • The Minister did not indicate if or when other subjects would follow, but said the province is being guided by a recommendation from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development suggesting streaming be pushed back to grades 10 or 11.
  • Other ministry actions to address discrimination and inequity in schools include:
    • eliminating discretionary suspending;
    • mandatory anti-racism training for teachers;
    • strengthening sanctions for teachers who engage in behaviour of a racist nature; and
    • giving diverse candidates more opportunities for jobs/promotions.
  • All school boards in Ontario will be required to collect race-based data by January 1, 2023.

Plan to Return to Schools:

  • While not fully committing to it, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the government hopes to have conventional, five-day per week classroom learning this fall. 

Migrant Workers:


  • Ontario reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 86 of those concentrated in Windsor Essex. Ontario's Health Minister said this is a result of "targeted testing of temporary workers on farms."
  • At Thursday's daily COVID-19 briefing, Premier Ford said a complete team from Public Health Ontario remains in the region for support and "the farmers are cooperating, the workers are cooperating."
  • Asked by the media on how to address this recent spike of COVID-19 cases, Dr. Williams said a concerted effort to protect the health and safety of all workers, including temporary and transitory workers, was required. Some measures could include: separating farm workers from their co-workers in the workplace and isolating them in hotel facilities; and subjecting them to 14-days of monitoring and only allowing them to return to work when they are declared fit to return.
  • The remaining cases were found mostly in Toronto and Peel Regions, with these public health units reporting 27 and 28 cases, respectively.
  • Thirty of Ontario's 34 public health units confirmed five or fewer new COVID-19 cases today, and 20 of those 30 had no new cases at all.

Ontario Expanding Access to the Modern Digital Economy

  • The Ontario government is expanding access to reliable broadband and cellular service in underserved and unserved parts of the province.
  • The province's investment of $150 million announced today is part of the $315 million Up to Speed: Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan, which has the potential to leverage up to $1 billion in partner funding for broadband infrastructure investments.
  • The application intake for the $150 million Improving Connectivity for Ontario program (ICON) opens today.
  • Along with supporting economic investment and job creation, it will allow more people to work from home more efficiently, engage in online learning, and connect with family and friends.
  • Any areas across Ontario that do not meet the national standards for broadband speeds will be eligible for provincial funding.

Canada and Ontario Supporting Farmers through Enhanced Insurance Protection

  • Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Hardeman announced enhanced  AgriInsurance coverage for farmers to cover labour shortages due to COVID-19 that could impact their ability to harvest their crops.
  • Ontario farmers already enrolled in an eligible production insurance plan who suffer from crop losses due to labour disruptions during the 2020 growing season will have access to further insurance coverage through Agricorp.
  • The added insurance coverage will include:
    • the inability to attract sufficient on-farm labour due to COVID-19; and
    • illness or quarantine of on-farm labour and the producer due to COVID-19.

Ontario Seeking Input on Modernizing Capital Markets

  • The Ontario government is continuing to seek advice and input from people and organizations on modernizing Ontario's Capital Markets and supporting economic growth and job creation with the posting of the Capital Markets Modernization Task Force initial consultation report.
  • "As we plan for Ontario's economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, competitive capital markets can play an important role attracting global investment and creating good jobs here in our province," said Finance Minister Phillips.
  • The Capital Markets Modernization Task Force will provide recommendations to the Minister of Finance on how to transform the regulatory landscape for capital markets. Following this consultation, a final report will be submitted to the Minister before the end of the year. The consultation will end on September 7, 2020.

Federal Developments

Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

  • Volunteer placements meant to start this week are on hold as the federal government tries to reorganize this grant program.
  • No timeline has been given as to how and when issues in connecting youth with volunteer opportunities will be resolved.

We will continue to monitor and share with you the key developments related to COVID-19 and other areas as long as members find this information useful. Stay well!

Pegeen and Faduma

P.S. Here's a startling fact, in 2018-19 over 65,000 elementary and secondary students in Ontario were suspended.

Cases in Ontario and Canada

Cases in Ontario:

  • Total number of cases: 36,348 cases; an increase of 170 cases since yesterday
  • Resolved: 31,977 (88%); 172 new cases resolved since yesterday
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,703 people have died
  • Hospitalized: 123 people are hospitalized; 31 are in intensive care and of those, 23 are on a ventilator.
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 25 active outbreaks; 142 confirmed active positive cases; 211 confirmed active positive cases in staff; 1,833 resident deaths; 7 staff deaths
  • Lab testing: 1,608,687 tests completed; 26,326 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 21,648 are currently under investigation.

Cases in Canada:

  • Total number of cases:106,434; an increase of 267 new cases
  • Resolved: 70,247 (66%)
  • Deaths: 8,737 (8.2%)
  • Percent positivity: 3.3%

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 8

Provincial Developments

Introduction of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act:

Premier Doug Ford introduced a sweeping new piece of legislation he says will help the province's economy recover from the pandemic by helping to create jobs and opportunities and build stronger communities. If passed, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act will:

  • Restart jobs and development to get Ontario's economy moving again by getting key infrastructure projects built faster, attracting more jobs and investment, and cutting red tape to help businesses adapt to the new environment;
  • Strengthen communities by ensuring municipalities are equipped with the tools they need to continue to provide the critical services people rely on every day, including allowing municipalities and their local boards to continue to choose to hold meetings electronically at any time and putting in place a new community benefits charge to help municipalities pay for the infrastructure and services needed for growing communities; and
  • Create opportunity for people as they recover their lives and livelihoods by protecting consumers, modernizing services, improving the education system and removing social and economic barriers for young people.

Criticism of this legislation:

  • Opposition critics point out that the omnibus bill proposes to change 20 pieces of legislation that govern the province's schools, municipalities and justice system, including measures that the opposition critics say have little to do with the pandemic itself (e.g. changes to how justices of the peace are appointed).

Airconditioning at Long-Term Care Homes:

  • Premier Ford once again reiterated his commitment to rapidly mandate air conditioning in long-term care residents' bedrooms.  He indicated that, "we're going to move forward with this... we're looking into funds to support this."

Financial Aid for Municipalities:

  • When asked by the media about financial aid for municipalities, Premier Ford said that the negotiations with the federal government are not progressing as well as he wants them to. For example, the Premier said that he is fighting for 38% of the $14B being offered to the provinces. 

Federal Developments

Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020:

  • Finance Minister Monroe presented today in the House of Commons the steps that the federal government is taking to stabilize the economy and protect the health and economic well-being of Canadians and businesses across the country. Here is an overview of the economic and fiscal snapshot he provided:
    • The federal deficit for 2020-21 will rise to $343.2 B from the $34.4 B projected before the pandemic.
    • The net federal debt will hit $1.2 trillion.
    • The federal government is projected to lose $81.3 B in revenue, including a $40 B drop in income tax.
    • Unemployment is expected to be at 10% for the rest of this year.
    • Federal debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to rise to 49% in 2020-21 from 31%.
    • Direct federal support for Canadians and businesses: $212 B.
    • COVID-19 slowdown has cost the federal treasury an additional $81.3 billion.
    • GDP will shrink by projected 6.8% this year - the worst since the Great Depression.
    • The economy is expected to bounce back by 5.5% in 2021.
    • Government to propose extension to emergency wage subsidy
  • The biggest-ticket items for the federal government to date have included:
    • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) which nearly 8.2 M Canadians have applied for, totalling to an overall estimated budget of $80 B;
    • The 75% emergency wage subsidy, which has seen 252,370 unique applicants and $18.1 B spent. Though, the program is expected to be reworked in some way soon, as the CERB nears end of its course, and as a result the government is projecting in the end it will end up costing $82.3 B to pay employers to keep staff on;
    • The Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which provides $1,250 a month to most eligible students, more to those with dependents. To date $1.4 B has been paid out to more than 600,000 applicants; and
    • The Canada Emergency Business Account, which offers businesses loans of up to $40,000. Some 688,000 applicants have received these loans, totaling $27.4 B.
  • The Finance Minister pointed out through this fiscal snapshot that the country remains well-positioned to handle the size of the deficit due to the historically low interest rates 
  • Prime Minister Trudeau defended the government's plans by saying, "we made a very specific and deliberate choice throughout this pandemic to help Canadians... We took on debt, to prevent Canadians from having to do it."

 Summary of Cases across Canada and Ontario 

Cases in Ontario:

  • Total number of cases: 36,178 cases; an increase of 118 cases since yesterday
  • Resolved: 31, 805 (87.9%); 202 new cases resolved since yesterday
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,700 people have died
  • Hospitalized: 123 people are hospitalized; 35 are in intensive care and of those, 26 are on a ventilator
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 26 active outbreaks; 144 confirmed cases in residents; 217 confirmed cases in staff; 1,822 deaths among residents and 7 among staff
  • Lab testing: 1,582,361 tests completed; 22,832 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 17,116 are currently under investigation 

Cases in Canada:

  • Total number of cases: 106,167; an increase of 232
  • Resolved: 69,883
  • Deaths: 8,711
  • People tested: 3,020,172

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 7

Ontario Introduces a New Legislation to gain Flexibility to Address the Ongoing Threat of COVID-19:

The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 would, if passed, ensure important measures remain in place to address the threat of COVID-19 once the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. Specifically, the legislation would:

  • Continue emergency orders in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for an initial 30 days.
  • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to further extend these orders for up to 30 days at a time, as required to keep Ontarians safe.
  • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to amend certain emergency orders and continue them under the EMCPA if the amendment relates to:
    • labour redeployment or workplace and management rules;
    • closure of places and spaces or regulation of how businesses and establishments can be open to provide goods or services in a safe manner;
    • compliance with public health advice; or
    • rules related to gatherings and organized public events.
  • Not allow new emergency orders to be created.
  • Allow emergency orders to be rescinded when it is safe to do so.
  • The ability to extend and amend orders under the new legislation would be limited to one year, unless extended by the Ontario legislature.

Critiques of this Legislation:

  • While the Premier and his team provided their reasoning behind this new emergency legislation, the media questioned whether this would give the Premier the power to extend the emergency for up to two years and be an overreach of his power.
  • The Premier indicated that, "We haven't abused that power at all... I'm dead against big government ... against the big brother nanny state telling you what to do. But if we have to help the people of Ontario get through this, there's certain things that we got to move, and we cannot sit around and wait for three four weeks, we got to move in hours."
  • He also stressed that he "wants things to be wrapped up as quickly as possible" when questioned if he would use this power to continue the emergency for two more years.

Ontario Passes Legislation to Deliver Subways Faster:

Today, Bill 171, the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020, that supports Premier Ford's "New Subway Transit Plan for the GTA" was passed into law. The Act will expedite the planning, design and construction process for the four priority subway projects:

  • the all-new Ontario Line;
  • the Yonge North Subway Extension to Markham and Richmond Hill;
  • the improved three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension; and
  • and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension to Pearson airport. 

On Moving to Stage 3 and Testing:

  • Ontario's Health Minister Elliot said that social gathering limits will be increased together with Stage 3 and not before that. Changes to these limits are currently being discussed by provincial officials as they analyze the data from the last few weeks.
  • Premier Doug Ford confirmed that, "[Ontario is] preparing for the next step, the next stage of the re-opening."
  • When questioned by the media about low testing numbers over the last two days, the Premier stressed that he is proud of the testing team which he said were leaders in Canada and explained that the numbers may be low because, as they have seen before,  not as many people want to get tested during weekends.

Air-conditioning in the Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes:

  • The Premier indicated his concern when he heard from the media about the distress caused to many residents in LTC homes that do not have air-conditioning.  He said that he would consider taking action to make air-conditioning in LTC mandatory.

 Cases in Ontario:

  • Total number of cases: 36,060 cases; an increase of 112 cases since yesterday
  • Resolved: 31,603 (87.6%); 204 new cases resolved since yesterday
  • Deaths: sadly, 2,691 people have died
  • Hospitalized: 131 people are hospitalized; 34 are in intensive care and of those, 24 are on a ventilator.
  • Long-term care homes (according to iPHIS): 30 active outbreaks; 160 confirmed active positive cases; 249 confirmed active positive cases in staff; 1,821 resident deaths; 7 staff deaths
  • Lab testing: 1,559,529 tests completed; 15,112 tests completed in the last 24 hours; 12,625 are currently under investigation.

Cases in Canada:

  • Total number of cases:105,935; an increase of 399 new cases
  • Resolved: 69,570 (66%)
  • Deaths: 8,693 (8.2%)
  • People tested: 79,164 people tested per million
  • Percent positivity: 3.3%

OPHA COVID-19 Key Developments July 6

Provincial Developments

Trends in Ontario:

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams and Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, provided an update on trends in COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Here are the key takeaways:

  • Overall the case count in Ontario continues to go down, week over week after a small increase in mid-May.
  • The highest percentage of cases is being reported in the 20-39 year age group, followed by the 40-59 year age group.
  • The number of deaths continues to go down every week and has not exceeded 50 deaths for fours week in a row. No deaths were reported today.
  • The numbers of Ontarians in hospitals, in intensive care or on ventilators has also remained low.
  • Over the last few days, the majority of public health units are reporting five or fewer cases daily with many reporting no new cases.
  • Dr. Williams said while the number of new cases is declining, both Toronto and Peel regions are investigating outbreaks at multiple workplaces, a trend the province could see continuing as the economy reopens and people return to their workplaces.

COVID-19 Testing and Moving to Stage 3:

  • When asked by the media about moving COVID-19 testing from nasal testing to the lesser invasive method of saliva testing, Health Minister Elliott answered that the former testing method produces more accurate results than the latter.
  • As for moving into Stage 3 of reopening, Health Minister Elliott said that provincial officials hope to make that move "as soon as we possibly can," but added that they can't yet name a specific date.
  • When asked by the media to address the backlog in driving tests and when people could expect to be able to book tests for their G1 or G2, Transportation Minister Mulroney said the province will introduce a gradual, phased approach to allow road tests for commercial drivers and knowledge tests for G1 and G2 drivers.

Leamington and Kingsville to Move to Stage 2 of Reopening

  • Premier Doug Ford said the two remaining communities in Stage 1 can advance to Stage 2 this Tuesday noting that "outbreaks in the community have been contained, community transmission is low and we have the resources for testing and contact tracing."
  • Windsor-Essex's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, said today that there are outbreaks at five workplaces, a manufacturing facility in Leamington that had an outbreak over the weekend and two agricultural facilities in Leamington and two in Kingsville that remain in outbreak status.
  • The Ontario government says it will do away with academic streaming in Grade 9. Education Minister Lecce's office says students will no longer be asked to choose between the applied or academic stream when they start high school.
  • Streaming - in which students must choose to pursue either an "academic" or "applied" academic track when they begin high school - has been shown to disproportionately affect Black and low-income students when it comes to graduation rates and the chance of going to a post-secondary institution.
  • The government says school board statistics show the practice has meant Black and Indigenous students are streamed into the applied classes in higher numbers and are less likely to earn a high school diploma than other students.
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