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Ontario resumes operation of some businesses, services

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 9:39 AM | By Amanda Jerome

On May 14, the Ontario government rolled out a timeline of when additional businesses and services can open as COVID-19 persists.

According to a news release, as of May 19, all construction is to resume and all retail businesses with a streetfront entrance may open as long as they limit the number of people in the store to ensure physical distancing measures. Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries may also resume, as well as in-person counselling.

Libraries may reopen for pickup and delivery and some recreational facilities will open, but pools will stay closed.

According to a news release, as of May 16, golf courses, marinas and campgrounds may reopen to prepare for the season.

“We are taking a cautious, practical and reasonable approach to restarting the economy, while maintaining the health and safety of the people of Ontario as our top priority,” said Rod Phillips, minister of Finance.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our mission to keep workers in this province safe,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, stressing that “Ontario’s labour laws are clear: businesses must protect the health and safety of workers, including against workplace hazards like COVID-19.”

“That's why our Ministry has released practical safety guidelines, doubled our capacity to help people by phone and hired more inspectors. We want to ensure everyone is safe at work,” he added.

According to the government announcement, the chief medical officer of health will “closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when certain public health restrictions, including adjustments to social gatherings can be gradually loosened or if they need to be tightened.”