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Media Release: HPEPH Working to Support COVID-19 Safety for Workers and Businesses

January 20, 2021/Hastings and Prince Edward Counties – Today, the Province announced an expansion of Workplace Enforcement Campaigns with an aim to further protect workers and customers at all essential businesses.

As part of the campaign, provincial inspectors and local public health inspectors will be visiting a variety of businesses in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, including:

  • gas stations,
  • corner convenience stores,
  • grocery stores,
  • discount and big box stores,
  • warehousing and manufacturing facilities,
  • food establishments providing takeout.

HPEPH recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and challenging time for Ontario’s workers and businesses.  That is why HPEPH is working with the province to support community safety campaigns intended to educate businesses and workers on public health measures required under the Reopening Ontario Act and Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework: Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown.

Provincial guidance and resources to help businesses operate more safely during COVID-19 are available at and the COVID-19 response framework page.

In addition, businesses can access the following resources to help raise awareness of COVID safety in the workplace:

Local business owners/operators with questions about current regulations are invited to visit our COVID-19 Resources for Workplaces web page, complete our online form, or call  1-800-267-2803 ext. 677. HPEPH looks forward to continuing to work with local businesses owners and workplaces to keep our community safe.


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Emily Tubbs

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.