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Law Society of Ontario COVID-19 Protocol for Visitors

Updated May 24, 2022

During the pandemic, additional interim policies and protocols were set in place to protect Law Society employees and visitors from exposure to COVID-19 on its premises.

A vaccine policy was implemented, effective September 13, 2021. Anyone entering Law Society premises is required to follow the policy and show proof that they have received two doses of Government of Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days prior.

All individuals on Law Society premises must adhere to the Law Society’s Health & Safety Policy, as well as to all interim COVID-19 policies, protocols and guidelines. Visitors who fail to comply may be asked to leave Law Society property.

The Law Society has a comprehensive plan in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in all its premises, including, but not limited to:

1. Physical Controls:
a. Cleaning/Disinfection – Enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure frequent cleaning, particularly of common touchpoints.
b. HVAC systems servicing all Law Society premises are up to industry standards or above. 

2. Administrative Controls: 
a. Vaccine policy – All visitors who enter Law Society premises must show proof that they have received two doses of Government of Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days prior.
b. Hygiene practices – Hand sanitizer is available throughout Law Society premises in addition to hand-washing facilities.
c. Signage – Signage reinforcing handwashing has been installed throughout the building.

3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): 
Masking is optional for all employees and visitors attending the Law Society’s onsite locations, with the following provisions:

  • Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is encouraged and supported to do so; all choices are respected
  • Employees and visitors should always carry a mask with them
  • Surgical masks will be available at Reception and in meeting rooms
  • Be prepared to wear a mask at anytime; understand that everyone has a different comfort-level
  • Support each other and engage in open dialogue about masking, particularly in meetings or other situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
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