Information on Reopening and Resuming Business
Ontario Government Adopts COVID-19 Response Framework and Allocates $300 Million to Support Eligible Businesses
The framework categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings.
Beginning November 16, 2020, eligible businesses in Orange and Red classified public health units will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single, online application portal.
Types of businesses that are eligible for support include:
- restaurants and bars
- gyms, facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities
- performing arts and cinemas
- bingo halls, gaming establishments, casinos, conference centres and convention centres
- community centres, multi-purpose facilities, and museums
- personal care services (with exception of oxygen bars)
- racing venues
- meeting or event space
- in-person teaching and instruction
This checklist is intended as a self-assessment tool to assist you in ramping back up to regular business operations. While it is a high level guide, your business may have unique requirements based on its type.
Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job. Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitation. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace.
As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added.
York Region has prepared a document to provide public health guidance around COVID-19 and compile useful documents as businesses in York Region re-open their doors to employees and customers.