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 July 31, 2020: Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

July 29, 2020: Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 3

July 20, 2020: Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3- York Region moves to stage 3, Peel & Toronto remain in stage 2

July 16, 2020: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 29

July 13, 2020: Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3

July 09, 2020: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 22  

July 03, 2020: Ontario Supporting Restaurants as Province Safely Reopens

June 24, 2020: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to July 15

June 22, 2020: Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region Into Stage 2

June 15, 2020: More People can Get Back to Work as Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen This Week

June 15, 2020: Province Reconnecting Ontarians with Arts, Culture and Tourism

June 13, 2020: Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies

June 08, 2020: AGCO: Changes to Tied House Liquor Sales Licence Requirements

June 08, 2020: Ontario Extending Outdoor Patios to Allow for Social Distancing During COVID-19

June 08, 2020: Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days

June 03, 2020: Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

June 01, 2020: Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

May 27, 2020: Ontario Extending Emergency Orders (until June 09, 2020) During COVID-19 Outbreak

May 19, 2020: Ontario Extends Emergency Orders (until May 29, 2020) to Keep People Safe

May 14, 2020: Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen

May 13, 2020: Minister MacLeod Convenes COVID-19 Advisory Councils

May 12, 2020: Declaration of Emergency Extended  (until June 2) While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy

May 06, 2020: Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

May  01, 2020: Ontario Providing Support for Industrial and Commercial Electricity Consumers During COVID-19

May  01, 2020: Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines

April 30, 2020: Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines
                         -  Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak (guidelines for hotels included)

April 28, 2020: Ontario Helping Businesses Overcome the Unique Challenges Created by COVID-19 

The Ontario government is launching the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the global pandemic.

To learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus) or to submit a request visit the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website here.  

Send the GTHA your ideas that you would like the Provincial Government to consider via email to Bonnie Medensky at

April 27, 2020: Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province. (Framework for Reopening our Province - PDF available here).

April 25, 2020: Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay

April 25, 2020: Pandemic Pay Provides Support for Frontline Workers Fighting COVID-19

April 23, 2020: Ontario has extended the emergency orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19 until May 6, 2020

April  3, 2020: Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Please note that hotels are still considered essential workplaces to stay open here.

Mar 26, 2020: Statement from Minister MacLeod: Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Matter - Here is my 10 point immediate action plan for our sectors during Covid-19

Mar 25, 2020: Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020: Hotels considered an essential workplace as per the government's news release on closing non-essential services. See essential workplaces list here.

Mar 23, 2020: Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020: Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020: Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public. 

This includes the legal requirement to close all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery immediately. We have confirmed with both  the province of Ontario and the City of Toronto that in-room dining in hotels can continue under this definition as it is considered to be a delivery option under the rules. 

Mar 16, 2020: Premier Ford Announces Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation