Recovery Phase

 

There are provincial and local plans for the recovery phase of the COVID-19 outbreak. There will be a gradual, staged approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces. This page will be updated as details emerge from the province and local information becomes available.

COVID-19 Reopening Phases Infographic

 

On May 14th, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The government also announced additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open as early as Saturday May 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, as key public health indicators continue to show progress.

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:

  • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
  • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.

As soon as Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the following businesses and services may open:

  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
  • Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
  • Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.

For more information, visit the News Release:  Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that can Reopen. Additional Seasonal, retail and household businesses must follow public health guidelines.

On May 9th, the Ontario government announced the opening of provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. For more, visit the news release from the Ontario Government: Ontario Opening Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves

On May 6th, Ontario announced further easing of restrictions for retail stores and essential construction. The Ontario government is allowing more retail stores to reopen as long as they follow strict health and safety guidelines. The details are as follows:

May 8 at 12:01 a.m. garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases

May 9 at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases

May 11 at 12.01 a.m. retail stores with a street entrance can provide curbside pick-up and delivery

The government is also allowing below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects to resume work.

For more, visit the news release from the Ontario Government: Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19.

On April 27, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria health experts will use to advise the government on loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. Despite these relaxed measures, everyone must remain vigilant in ensuring the outbreak continues to trend downwards. Physical distancing and proper hand hygiene remain very important.

A Framework for Reopening our Province

 

Reopening Businesses and Public Spaces:

There is no hard date for reopening the province. Reopening will be gradual and occur in stages. Each stage will last at least two to four weeks. At every point Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health will be able to tighten certain restrictions, extend the stage or advise that the province can move into the next phase. Everyday actions to protect people's health, like physical distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home when ill, will continue through each stage.

  • Stage 1 - In the first stage, Ontario will consider:
    • opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
    • allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
    • opening some outdoor spaces
    • continued protections for vulnerable populations
    • offering of some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services by hospitals
  • Stage 2 - In the second stage, Ontario will consider:
    • opening more workplaces with significant mitigation plans
    • opening more public spaces
    • allowing some larger public gatherings
    • continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Stage 3 - In the final stage, Ontario will consider:
    • opening all workplaces responsibly
    • relaxing restrictions on public gatherings
    • continued protections for vulnerable populations

 

As of Monday May 4th, the Province has indicated the following list of businesses can operate and open under strict guidelines:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
  • Lawn care and landscaping;
  • Additional essential construction projects that include:
    • shipping and logistics;
    • broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
    • any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
    • municipal projects;
    • colleges and universities;
    • child care centres;
    • schools; and
    • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
  • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
  • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

May 8 at 12:01 a.m. garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases

May 9 at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases

May 11 at 12.01 a.m. retail stores with a street entrance can provide curbside pick-up and delivery

The government is also allowing below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects to resume work.

Provincial parks and conservation reserves will open for limited day-use on May 11 with remaining areas on May 15. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.

Guidance for Conducting Business Safely

Guidelines are available for essential businesses currently in operation and for businesses to prepare to gradually reopen when they are able to do so. Monitor provincial and local information for updates regarding what types of businesses and activities are permitted in accordance with the current stage of recovery. For more information, see Information for Re-opening Businesses

General and sector-specific guidelines include actions employers can take to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect their workers and customers.

Visit the Government of Ontario’s resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace webpage to find sector-specific guidelines and posters.

Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak  from the Government of Ontario and Health and Safety Associations. These technical documents further support employers and employees in remaining safe in the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Visit the Business, Employee and Organization section of our website to learn more.

Advice about Face coverings:  As Ontario re-opens public settings, it will become more difficult to maintain physical distancing at all times. The Grey Bruce Health Unit recommends all employees and members of the public wear cloth masks or face coverings while at work or in public settings.

The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory:  To support business-owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province, the government has launched a website to provide businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers. The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory has an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment.

 

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