After nearly two months of a province-wide shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ontario is finally starting to reopen.
While Ontario is still fighting the outbreak, provincial case numbers are starting to show improvements, and Premier Doug Ford has said that as trends continue to improve, he’ll be moving forward with reopening more of the economy.
At this time, Premier Ford has given some businesses the green light to begin reopening while adhering to specific public health measures.
The premier said all businesses must follow public health safety measures and review workplace safety guidelines, such as promoting physical distancing and frequent handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, installing physical barriers, staggering shifts, and using contactless payment options.
“We are allowing certain businesses to reopen under strict guidelines because we are confident they can operate safely and adapt to the current environment,” Premier Ford previously said. “While further reductions in the spread are needed before we can begin reopening the province, we have the right framework and the right workplace guidelines in place to do so gradually and safely.”
Starting May 11th, all retail businesses will be able to open for curbside pickup or delivery, while following health and safety guidelines. pic.twitter.com/6OlJagPQL7
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 7, 2020
Read on for a list of every Ontario business that’s been granted permission to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- Lawn care and landscaping;
- Additional essential construction projects that include:
- shipping and logistics;
- broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
- any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
- municipal projects;
- colleges and universities;
- child care centres;
- schools; and
- site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
- Automatic and self-serve car washes;
- Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
- Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
- Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.
- Garden centres and nurseries will be allowed to reopen for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies.
- Hardware stores and safety supply stores.
- All retail stores with street access will be able to reopen to provide curbside pick up and delivery.
- Below-grade, multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums that were previously halted can resume.
The Ontario government said it’s allowing the province’s regulated health professionals to reopen their offices amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but only if each profession gets the go-ahead and receives guidelines from each respective governing authority. This includes:
- dental hygienists
- dental technologists
- massage therapists
- medical laboratory technologists
- medical radiation technologists and sonographers
- occupational therapists
- pharmacy technicians
- respiratory therapists
- speech-language pathologists
- traditional Chinese medical practitioners and acupuncturists
This list will be updated as more businesses are announced.