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Guidance For Return to Work Updated

June 19, 2020

The College has updated its COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance for Occupational Therapists. Version 2 of the guidance was released on June 18, 2020.

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As the government is allowing deferred, non-essential and elective health services to resume, practices that reopen must:

  • implement the operational requirements outlined by the government;
  • follow the College's guidance on return to work and infection control practices;
  • have access to personal protective equipment.

The updates to the Return to Work Guidance for Occupational Therapists reflect the changes made to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart to ensure alignment with the government’s recommendations as this pandemic evolves. The key changes address how visitors to the occupational therapist’s place of employment are to be managed, including active and passive screening measures affecting visitors, what the occupational therapist should do if they have returned from travel in the past 14 days, as well as additional infection and prevention control recommendations when preparing your place of employment for in-person service delivery.

Occupational therapists may wish to review the following suggested resources:


The College is working with government to respond to the global pandemic in the best interest of the public. Directives from the Ministry of Health and the Premier’s office are reflected in College positions.

If you have further questions about this, contact our practice line at 1.800.890.6570 ext. 240, or practice@coto.org. The College is committed to providing information and clarification and the best possible service during this difficult time.