Changes to COVID-19 Screening Requirements and Updates to COVID-19 Screening Tools

The government of Ontario has made changes to COVID-19 screening requirements and updates to COVID-19 screening tools.

Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework must implement active screening of patrons in certain zones. Please refer to What each zone means for information on how this may apply to your business or sector.

Workplaces were already required to screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. 

The following screening tools have been updated to further align with current advice as well as the return to the Framework:

  • The COVID-19 worker and employee screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF
  • The COVID-19 customer and patron screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF.

The questions in this tool have been defined by the Ministry of Health. Using this specific online tool to answer the questions is optional and is not tracked or enforced. Screening is not required for emergency services or other first responders entering a workplace for emergency purposes. This screening tool is not applicable to health care settings (including long-term care homes), and some non-health care workplaces (for example, retirement homes, other congregate living settings, schools and child care) where existing screening requirements and tools are already in place. This screening cannot diagnose you. If you have medical questions, consult a health care provider. Follow the direction of your local public health unit over the advice in this tool.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has developed COVID-19 signage questions to support the new requirement for signage to be posted at all entrances for passive screening before entering a business or organization.

The government of Ontario has also updated the online COVID-19 self-assessment tool HERE.

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