Health and safety blitz targeting recently reopened businesses coming to Durham

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If you own or work at a small business that has just reopened, don’t be surprised if provincial officers show up for an inspection of your health and safety plans.

Starting next week, the province is launching a new education campaign, with a specific focus on businesses in grey, red and orange zones, including Durham.

They’ll be making sure capacity limits and mask policies are enforced. Inspectors will also be checking for an adequate safety plan and screening tools for customers and employees.

Officials say stores, gyms and personal care services, such as salons, can expect a visit in the coming days or weeks.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and they have felt the brunt of this pandemic,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “As we allow more businesses to reopen and get people back to work, we have to ensure they do so safely and in a responsible way. This new education campaign will offer guidance and direction, so business owners can properly protect their staff, customers and the general public.”

The province is also launching a suite of free supports to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.