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COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Link to the Government of Canada Epidemiological summary of COVID-19

Direct link to the Ontario Newsroom 

Direct link to the Provincal Emergency Order

Direct link to Provincial COVID-19 Zone identification and health measures details.


Media Releases Province

Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Excerpt June 7, 2021 Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will move to Step Two of the Roadmap.


Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

Province Safely Reopening Outdoor Recreational Amenities Prior to End of Stay-at-Home Order

Excerpt May 20, 2021 Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

These amenities include but are not limited to golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect.

At this time, publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will continue to operate under teacher-led remote learning. Data will be assessed on an ongoing basis and medical experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health officials will be consulted to determine if it may be safe to resume in-person learning.

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

  • Step One An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Two Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Three Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

Visual graphic of the Ontario Provincial 3 stage Covid-19 reopen targets and measures



 

Media Releases from RCDHU

Provincial Government Releases a Three-Step Roadmap to Reopening Ontario 

May 20, 2021 Today, the Ontario Government released a three-step Roadmap to Reopen the province safely and gradually based on provincial vaccination rates and other key public health and healthcare measures.

In response to recent improvements in key indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, such as the need to maintain physical distance, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. These amenities include but are not limited to:

  • Golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks.
  • No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.
  • Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households.
  • All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect, including virtual learning.

The provincewide emergency brake restrictions remain in effect while the province assesses when it will be moving to Step One of the roadmap with the Stay at Home Order expiring on June 2, 2021. The Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

Step one is expected to begin the week of June 14, 2021, two weeks after the province is set to hit 60 percent of eligible adults having received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It will focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes: 

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people; 
  • outdoor dining with up to four people per table; and
  • non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.

Step two will expand on outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people;
  • outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits; and
  • indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.

Step three will expand access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes:

  • indoor sports and recreational fitness;
  • indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.


The province will remain in each step for a minimum of 21 days and will only move forward with each step if the following vaccination targets are met:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

For full details on the latest announcement, visit: Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province. In addition to these new public health measures, it is imperative that everyone do their part to stay home if they are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash their hands, use the COVID Alert App, and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool daily if they go to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance.

For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-2/ or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

an RCDHU information graphic

April 22, 2021, Reference Sheet released from the RCDHU provides a summary of Provincewide shutdown measures. 


Quick Reference Materials for Businesses from RCDHU

Develop your Workplace COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan (website page with template)
Ontario COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Feb 26, 2021)
Ontario COVID-19 Worker and Employee Screening Tool (Feb 27, 2021 website redirect)
Ontario COVID-19 Customer Screening Tool (Feb 27, 2021 website redirect)
RCDHU COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Reopening of Workplaces


General Business Support Information

Federal Business Support

Government of Canada COVID-19 Financial Assistance (website)
Business Benefits Finder (website)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund 
Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) Fact Sheet

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Canada United Small Business Fund 
Business Credit Availability Program 

Provincial Business Support 

COVID-19 in Ontario (website)

Ontario Small Business Recovery Resources (website)
Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) $1000 available for businesses 1 - 9 employees.
Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants (for business based on control group status)

Local Business Support Agencies and Resources

Invest Renfrew County (website)
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (website)
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 
Enterprise Renfrew County (website) 

Business Support Information and Resources

Canadian Business Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resilience (website)
Ontario Chamber of Commerce (website)  Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) (website)
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters COVID-19 Resources (website)
Retail Council of Canada COVID-19 (website)
Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO)

Tourism Recovery and Innovation Program (TRIP)  
Developed in partnership with Ottawa Tourism, TRIP – Capital Projects program is geared specifically to tourism-dependent small to medium businesses and provides non-repayable funding up to 80% of eligible expenses incurred to modify operations to a maximum of $20,000. This program was created to offset costs related to one-time modifications and/or re-opening costs, implementation of health and safety protocols, and digitization measures.

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA)