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New Provincewide Shutdown

Posted On: Monday, April 5, 2021

The Provincial Government of Ontario has announced a provincewide shutdown that began on April 3, 2021 and will be in place for at least 28 days. What does this mean for business.

New Provincewide Shutdown

What does this mean for businesses?

The provincewide shutdown puts in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity, and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings. Limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a five-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.
  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings:
    • 50 per cent capacity limit for pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets and other stores that primarily sell food;
    • 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores.
  • Prohibiting personal care services.
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only.
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions.
  • Requiring day camps, museums and cultural amenities, concert venues, and theatres and cinemas (including drive in or drive through events) to close.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

The above is only a summary of some of the sector restrictions. For a more complete breakdown, view the Provincial Shutdown details.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant Deadline Extension 

The deadline to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant has been extended until April 7, 2021. Any businesses that were forced to close during the provincial lockdown that began on December 26, 2020 can still apply. Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenues during that time.

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Grey County COVID-19 Business Resource Page & Support Line

There's a lot of information to keep track of these days. Grey County's COVID-19 Resources for Business page is the go-to support hub for small businesses. Get the latest health and safety updates and COVID-19 funding announcements.

Have more questions or need advice about operating your business during COVID-19? Call the Grey County Business Support Line. Our staff will be happy to assess your situation and help you connect with the right services for your needs.

Calls are answered Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
Call: 519-372-0219 ext. 6102
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