Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health has revoked two Class Orders previously put in place in 2020 under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. The revocations come about largely due to the duplication between the Class Orders and the regulations put in place under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).
The first revoked Class Order, which was issued December 10, 2020, required owners and staff working in home and community care organizations to enforce several infection prevention and control practices, conduct regular IPAC audits, recommend to clients and families of clients who were receiving services wear a face covering (or preferably a medical grade mask) while employees are in the home, ensure all staff providing services requiring close personal contact or personal care in the community and home care settings provide a negative COVID-19 test result to their employer every two weeks, regardless of symptoms, and maintain records of the education sessions, audits, and attestations for submission to KFL&A Public Health as requested.
Similar requirements will continue under provincial Ministry of Health guidelines, however, due to the low COVID-19 activity in the KFL&A region and the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy, KFL&A Public Health says the asymptomatic surveillance testing is no longer required for staff working in these organizations.
The second Class Order, which was issued on Jun. 27, 2020 to operators of a commercial and municipal establishment in the KFL&A region, required them to enforce the wearing of a face covering when entering and accessing services at any commercial and municipal establishment in the KFL&A region, to ensure the availability of alcohol-based hand rub at all entrances and exits for the use of all persons entering or exiting the establishment, and to ensure proper physical distancing is always practised where possible.
Because the Government of Ontario’s Reopening Ontario Act already requires the wearing of masks and face coverings in businesses, workplaces and organizations that are open, and the ROA already requires individuals to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, the only impact on the rescinding of this Order is the removal of the responsibility of commercial and municipal establishments to provide alcohol-based hand rub at entrances and exits of their establishment.
“We have come so far, and as we provide increasing immunity to our community through immunization, we must all continue to practice public health measures and get vaccinated to keep our community safe. Even with the low COVID-19 activity in our area it is still important to continue to stay local as much as possible and to support local as we gradually reopen the province,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health of KFL&A Public Health.