New COVID-19 class orders for retail stores, workplaces in Durham

Statement from Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Chief Medical Officer of Health:

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our community, I have recently issued class orders to owners and operators of retail stores and owners or occupiers of workplaces, under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The class order issued for retail stores strengthens the Health Department’s ability to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the community. While most retail stores are compliant with public health guidelines, there are retailers that have not followed instructions and recommendations, which significantly increases the risk of illness to all employees and patrons. The class order is a legal tool to help ensure that retail stores follow requirements and implement measures to protect their patrons, staff and visitors. The class order issued for workplaces will strengthen the Health Department’s ability to address workplaces that do not cooperate during workplace investigations and/or outbreaks and will help ensure that all workplaces follow public health guidelines and instructions to protect the health of employees. Please visit to read the details of these class orders and learn how they impact you.

While the class orders were issued to owners and operators, we ask all employees and patrons to follow the instructions provided by your workplaces and local businesses and do your part to help prevent the spread of illness. Please continue to work together and support each other through these challenging times.


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