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- If there are no patients in the office, do we need to wear masks, or just maintain physical distancing?
- Develop your own office policy considering your office configuration and ability to physically distance.
- Minimize the number staff in the office/clinic. Ask what tasks can be done from home or outside of regular hours to minimize staff interactions with each other and patients.
- Stagger start times, shifts, breaks, and lunch times.
- Create workflows to minimize number of people in one area of the premises, limit number of people working in one space at the same time/people sharing equipment according to business needs.
- Utilize teleconferencing and video conferencing to hold meetings. If holding in person meeting, hold in large spaces to accommodate 2 meters’ distance between workers.
Staff self-screening for symptoms
- Public Health Ontario recommendations for self-isolation while working
- Require staff to screen themselves for symptoms before entering the clinic/office, understanding protocol will vary based on office size
- Determine what should be done when staff report to work, e.g., temperature screening and masking like in LTC
- Develop a notification protocol for staff to follow if they develop symptoms