Area of Law: Coronavirus COVID-19
Answer # 7201
Reducing risk during meetings and eventsRegion: Ontario Answer # 7201
In trying to control the spread of COVID-19 various measures will be adopted from time-to-time until things get back to normal. If your business is permitted to operate on an in-person basis, it is important to continue to put health and safety measures in place.
Before having an in-person meeting, you should consider many factors, including the following:
- Is the meeting necessary at this time?
- What is the current law or policy about gatherings?
- Could the meeting be conducted online or by telephone?
- Can the number of people in attendance be reduced?
Prepare for the meeting
If the meeting is permissible and necessary, put measures in place, such as the following:
- Have a good supply of hand sanitizers, tissues, face masks and soap available
- Seat people as far apart as reasonably possible
- Ensure that a sign with health procedures (such as washing hands) is displayed
- Ensure that everyone washes their hands before and after the meeting
- Take extra precautions to clean the room (including door handles and other common use or shared items, such as office supplies and equipment)
- Have safety measures in place in case someone becomes ill during the meeting.
The situation is changing very quickly and many governments have restricted the operation of non-essential businesses for a certain time period. To find out what the current status is for your business, check Ontario Ministry of Labour.
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