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January 12th, 2020 | COVID-19 Government and Business Support Updates

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CENTRE WELLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROVIDES COVID-19 GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS SUPPORT UPDATES

 
The documentation outlining the guidelines and restrictions during the province-wide shutdown is being updated with additional details based on the latest announcement. The link to that page is here. The link will not change, and the updates are happening as we speak.
 
We will send out further communication once the information has been updated to reflect the latest public health measures.
 
Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
 
Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.
 
In response to the alarming and exceptional circumstances at hand, and to further interrupt the deadly trend of transmission in Ontario communities, hospitals, and long-term care homes, the government will enact the following additional public health measures:
 
  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
 
Under the declaration of a provincial emergency, the province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce. Those who decide not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution under both the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, (ROA) and EMCPA. 
 
Read the full announcement here
Introducing the Tourism Adaptation & Recovering Program
We want to help your tourism business re-open and remain open.
 
Elora Fergus Tourism, in partnership with RTO4 and the County of Wellington, is proud to implement the Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Program. The program is meant to help small and medium sizes enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profits (NFPs) in the arts, culture and tourism sector by supporting one-time adaptation and re-opening costs incurred to continue operating post Covid-19.
 
Two streams are available:
 
SMEs can apply for up to $20,000 per business towards implementation of health and safety protocols and/or renovations or equipment to accommodate social distancing. Please note: in order to support as many businesses as possible we anticipate most grants to be $5,000. A minimum 20% match is required by the SME or NFP for the amount applied.
 
Eligible SMEs can apply for $5,000 for digitizing businesses or services such as virtual queues, online ordering, timed entry ticketing, and touch free payments.
 
Eligible businesses and organization are encouraged to apply by February 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. 
 
Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Program Application: Click here.
Technology Investment Program Application: Click here.
 
For more information about this program please contact Karen Mitchell, Tourism Project Manager,
Regional Tourism Organization 4, 519-271-7000 Ext 102, or Jana Burns, Wellington Place Administrator,
County of Wellington, 519-837-2600 Ext 5222
   
 
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