Stay-at-Home Order to Take Effect Thursday, April 8

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a province-wide State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely. For more information please visit our Health Unit’s website.
We understand and sympathize that news of the most recent Stay-at-Home order is frustrating, stressful, and extremely difficult news for our business community and our community as a whole.
Strengthened measures include, but are not limited to:
  • Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions;
  • Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with one single designated location inside the shopping mall, and any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall, along with other restrictions;
  • Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only;
  • Permitting the following stores to operate for in-person retail by appointment only and subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit and restricting allowable hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.:
  • Safety supply stores;
  • Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;
  • Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
  • Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;
  • Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;
  • Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and
  • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.
  • Permitting outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, to operate with a 25 per cent capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The Chamber and the entire Chamber network believe that prioritizing the vaccinations for essential workers is critical to ending these ongoing starts and stops to our economy. With the Canadian Business Support Grant coming to a close, we are also calling on continued support for our local business to help weather the storm of a third Stay-at-Home order. Read our statement
Please remember that each and every business must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Vaccine Roll Out Updates
COVID-19 Vaccinations are now available for the general public who is 60 years old and older through the provincial booking system.
For more information or questions about whether you qualify or not please visit the Health Unit.
To book your appointment please visit:
or call: 1-888-999-6488
If you are unsure of what to expect at the vaccination clinic, check out this video from our health unit that will walk you through the experience. View Video
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has created a Vaccination Support Council to assist Public Health in the distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines.
For more information on the council, visit their portal to learn more about how they are supporting organizations, public health and the public.
You can also find a YouTube playlist of Talk with the Doc Public Information Sessions here and other COVID-19 video resources here.
Other Upcoming Events
Growing a More Resilient Food Supply Chain in Ontario
April 12 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET | Virtual
How has COVID-19 impacted farmers, the agri-food industry, and consumers?
Panelists will present their unique case studies and how the food supply chain has continued to provide Canadians with uninterrupted access to fresh food, and steps policymakers can take to strengthen Ontario’s robust agri-food sector. Register Now
Tap Into Post-Secondary Talent and Apply For a Valuable Wage Subsidy
April 14 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET
Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and York University on Wednesday, April 14 for a webinar to learn how your company can tap into post-secondary talent and apply for a valuable wage subsidy. Register Now
 If you have any questions about these or other resources, don’t hesitate to reach out,
Amanda Conn
Executive Director
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce

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