COVID-19 Update for May 14, 2020 – 3:00pm
Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the much-anticipated details of the next stage of reopening Ontario’s economy.
Ford said that beginning on Tuesday, May 19 at 12:01 a.m., the province will enter Stage 1 of the three-stage reopening plan.
In advance of this milestone, a number of businesses and services will be back online this Saturday in time for the Victoria Day long weekend.
The Premier cautioned that “businesses should open only if they’re ready” and that health and safety remains the top priority. Ford said businesses will have to follow strict distancing guidelines and the government is “ready to react” if it sees a sudden increase in cases.
You can find the government’s complete news release here and read more about the stage 1 framework here.
Businesses that are able to open on Saturday, May 16
- Golf courses
- Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches
- Private parks and campgrounds
- Businesses that board animals
Businesses that are able to open on Tuesday, May 19
- All construction projects
- Retail locations with dedicated storefront/street-front entrances
- Car dealerships
- In-person health services such as therapy and counselling
- Golf courses, including driving ranges
- You can see the complete list of businesses reopening on May 19 here.
More details on further lifting of restrictions is expected to be announced in the coming days.
PPE Supplies Directory
The Premier and his minister also announced a new Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to support business-owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province. The directory has an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment.
Expanding Testing Guidance for COVID-19
Minister Elliott announced that testing of all long-term care residents and staff is now complete. More aggressive public surveillance testing will now be rolled out, including all Ontarians with symptoms for COVID-19.
We hope you are finding these COVID-19 updates useful. In addition to trying to keep on top of the fast-changing situation, Enterprise is also working to support local charities during these challenging times. If you are able, your contributions to this effort would be deeply appreciated.
To donate, please click on the organization below:
- Toronto – Food Banks Canada
- Thunder Bay – Food Banks North West
- Hamilton/Niagara – Hamilton Food Share
- Alberta – Hope Mission
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
The Enterprise Team