On May 14, the Ontario government announced which retailers, seasonal businesses, and health and community service providers are allowed to open as part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework.

Sat., May 16 

Allowed to reopen:
  • golf courses,
  • marinas,
  • boat clubs and public boat launches for recreational use, and
  • private parks and campgrounds.
Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for, or ride their animal.

Tues., May 19
Allowed to reopen:

  • retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing,
  • seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors,
  • animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments, and
  • indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
Essential workplace limits on construction were lifted.

Certain health and medical services were allowed to resume, such as in-person counselling; in-person services, in addition to virtual services, delivered by health professionals; and scheduled surgeries, all based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions.

We encourage our Members to reopen when they are allowed only if they feel confident in their ability to do so safely for all. The government has prepared reopening guidelines for every industry, accessible on under Health and wellness/COVID-19. Grey Bruce Public Health is another great resource.

Please know that if you have staff serving the public across a counter, a shield between them could mean the difference between life and death for someone in the community, as potential asymptomatic carriers start to move throughout our region, some ignoring safe social distancing, as seen last weekend.


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