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Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19

Published on
May 6, 2020

Today Premier Doug Ford, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health provided some positive news about easing restrictions on retail stores and essential construction. Ontario is moving forward cautiously and making decisions based on health and science information.

Businesses opening must follow public health measures and should begin preparing by reviewing the workplace safety guidelines including promoting physical distancing, frequent handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, installing physical barriers and providing contactless payment options.

As of Friday May 8, at 12:01 a.m. garden centres and nurseries can open for in-store payment and purchasing.

As of Saturday May 9, at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores can open for in-store payment and purchasing.

As of Monday May 11, at 12:01 a.m. retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Essential construction is being expanded to include below-grade multi-unit residential construction for apartments and condominiums and continuing existing above-grade projects.

In addition, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has also extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020. The emergency orders include:


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

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