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Certain Ontario Businesses Allowed to Reopen May 4 Under Strict Safety Guidelines

Published on
May 1, 2020

Over the last week, the Ontario government has taken steps to prepare the province for re-opening of limited businesses. On Monday, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province. Yesterday, they released sector-specific health and safety guidelines. Today, they are allowing certain businesses and workplaces to open on May 4 under strict safety guidelines. While Ontario still has a long to go before all businesses and public spaces can re-open, today’s announcement reflects we continue to get closer to the stage where the economy can be gradually re-opened.

The businesses permitted to open will include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects. The following businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 am:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
  • Lawn care and landscaping;
  • Additional essential construction projects that include:
  • shipping and logistics;
  • broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
  • any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
  • municipal projects;
  • colleges and universities;
  • child care centres;
  • schools; and
  • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
  • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
  • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

These businesses will have to follow health and safety guidelines including proper cleaning, sanitization of equipment and maintaining proper physical distance.

The Ontario government continues to ask people to stay home, practise physical distancing and only go out for essential reasons. Theses measures are needed to continue the progress we have made in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The full news release is available here.

Consult the Sussex COVID-19 Guide for information on supports made available across the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments.

Let Sussex help connect you with the right people in government to help your organization get through these extraordinary times and navigate COVID-19 support programs.

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