October 9, 2020 – The Provincial Government announced targeted restrictions for Ottawa, Toronto and Peel regions due to their higher transmission rates of Covid-19. Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020 the city will close a number of businesses and facilities for the next 28 days and subject to review. Gatherings are limited to 10 people inside and 25 outside. Further, you are asked to limit your outside travels to essential services such as food, docotrs appointments and work, if you cannot work from home. Affected businesses include: restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos, bingo halls, cinemas, exhibits, museums, galleries and personal care services. Limits are also imposed on teams sports with no games or scrimmages, only training.
There are a few support systems the Federal Government has announced in the last several months which apply to business owners. Programs such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Emergency Business Allowance, Loan Guarantee’s and the Rent Assistance program are all in place at the moment. you can click below to review the all Federal Programs available https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
As COVID-19 cases increase within Ontario in what has been described as a “second wave”, the Ontario Government has implemented regulatory changes that, effective September 26, 2020, mandate that all workplaces perform daily pre-screening of workers and essential visitors before they are permitted to enter the workplace. Accordingly, the Ontario Ministry of Health’s (“MOH”) COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) (the “Tool”), which is a newly created recommendation applicable to all businesses and organizations that operate a workplace in Ontario, must be followed within all workplaces within the province. Click here to download “The Tool”.