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NEWS & UPDATES:

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY:

MEETING & EVENT FACILITIES:

October 16, 2020: Ontario Moving York Region to Modified Stage 2 (Effective Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.)

October 09, 2020: Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region Government Taking Further Steps to Support Small Business in these Hotspots

October 02, 2020: New Public Health Measures Restricts Restaurants & Events Capacity (Effective Saturday Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.) Find the updated Guidance for Professional Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19 (Updated October 13, 2020)

September 19, 2020: Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province​. New limits establish 10 people at an indoor event or gathering and 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering. The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities such as convention centres, banquet halls, restaurants, etc. Establishments must adhere and follow this sector specific Guidance for Professional Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19 (Updated October 13, 2020)

August 21, 2020: Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities. Establishments must adhere and follow this sector specific Guidance for Professional Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19 (Updated October 13, 2020)

BARS & RESTAURANTS:

October 16, 2020: Ontario Moving York Region to Modified Stage 2 (Effective Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.)

October 13, 2020: Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic. Province Helping to Offset Fixed Costs and Permitting Alcohol with Delivery and Takeout Food Orders

October 09, 2020: Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region Government Taking Further Steps to Support Small Business in these Hotspots

October 02, 2020: New Public Health Measures Restricts Restaurants & Events Capacity (Effective Saturday Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.)

September 25, 2020: Province-wide New Restrictions for Restaurants and Bars, Effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26

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

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

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

STATEMENTS:

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

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

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY:

August 20, 2020: Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 until September 22

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS:

September 03, 2020: Termination & Severance Protection Extended to January 02, 2021

  Guide to the Employment Standards Act

August 12, 2020: Ontario extends the interest and penalty relief period by one month to October 1, 2020. Read Ontario Taxes and COVID-19 Tax Bulletin for more information.

August 12, 2020: Ontario Continues to Support Health Care, People and Jobs in the Fight against COVID-19

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

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

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS:

Covid Alert App: Helping Ontario businesses and organizations to show their Ontario spirit and get the word out about COVID Alert

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 b.medensky@gtha.com

REOPENING THE PROVINCE:

October 06, 2020:  Ontario has taken action to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. New restrictions took effect on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and are outlined in Ontario Regulation 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3) under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act

August 12, 2020: Ontario Releases 2020-21 First Quarter Finances. PDF available here

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

Archived News: COVID-19 Provincial Government