Today, Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams announced further measures to limit community transmission of COVID-19. The province is moving certain public health unit regions to new levels in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts. These actions are necessary to keep schools open, maintain health system capacity, and protect the long-term care sector.
The following public health unit regions will move from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:
Public health units will stay in their level for a minimum of 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods. After 28 days, the government will assess the impact of the public health measures and determine if the public health unit should remain in its current level or be moved to a different level. To support public health regions in enforcing these public health measures, the province is making additional enforcement mechanisms available. The details can be found here.
Lockdown Measures include:
Retail and Other Businesses
Sports & Fitness
Any affected business owner with questions can call 1-855-216-3090 for clarification.
Supports for Business Affected by COVID-19 Public Health Measures
Additionally, we would refer you to the federal government update to review business support measures announced by the Trudeau government. That update can be seen here.
Unlike the government decisions taken in March and April of this year, today’s lockdown announcement was not accompanied by a list of essential businesses that could continue to operate. We recognize that a number of our clients will not see their particular business category reflected in today’s announcement. If you are not certain if you can continue to operate, please contact your Sussex consultant and will endeavour to obtain more clarity for you as soon as possible.
We thank you for your continued confidence in Sussex. We are making every effort to help our clients get through these turbulent times. Please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.