April 20 COVID-19 Update


Today Justin Trudeau shared the condolences of the nation for those who were affected by yesterday’s tragedy in Nova Scotia. Provincial health experts revealed new modelling which shows emergency measures are working at flattening the curve. Doug Ford announced the government will begin work on a plan for the gradual re-opening of businesses.
Starting this week, we will be sending out our update emails 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. We hope that this will help reduce your email burden and provide more value in reporting current information. You can always access our COVID-19 update page if you need information between updates.

Federal Government

This morning Justin Trudeau spoke to the nation about the senseless tragedy that happened in rural Nova Scotia this weekend. He said, “The community is in mourning. Canada is in mourning with them.” Trudeau thanked first responders for their bravery, both in this situation and for the work that all first responders do every day across our nation. He announced that, because the pandemic is preventing us from mourning together, there will be a virtual celebration of life Friday night at 7:00pm on the Colchester – Supporting our Nova Scotia Communities Facebook Group Page.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector. The program will help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning. You can read the full news release online.

Provincial Government

Today the Ontario government released updated COVID-19 modelling data. This data shows that Ontario’s enhanced public health measures are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. In his daily briefing, Doug Ford thanked and congratulated Ontarians for their sacrifice and commitment to following emergency orders and medical advice. The Chief Medical Officer warns, however, that the emergency measures must stay in place to continue to reduce the number of cases and deaths. Ford announced that the government will start to create a framework for a gradual, measured, safe re-opening of the province and of businesses. He said this framework will be informed by up-to-date data and expert advice and will have strict criteria for continual monitoring of the situation. You can read the government’s media release online. Meanwhile, CBC News has published the presentation used and can be read here.
The Ontario government has announced $20 million of funding for the COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. The money will be spent to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You can read the full news release online.

Local News

Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano has released a mayoral update to the community. You can view the video on the Town’s website.
As part of a planned road closure in Town of Huntsville, the District of Muskoka has advised that King William Street will be closed to westbound traffic between Cann Street and Chaffey Street as of Wednesday, April 16, 2020. Details of this closure can be found on the District’s website, as well as a detour map.
The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber in Commerce is partnering with the Huntsville BIA and the Town of Huntsville on the Save Summer campaign. Created as a means to inform, mobilize and encourage our community, the campaign has created a Facebook page to engage and entertain. You can tune into Facebook for live events every night at 7:00 pm. Local businesses are encouraged to share tips, tricks or entertainment segments to be included in the campaign.

Business & Tourism Report

The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services have released their monthly article. The article contains tips for helping employees maintain positive mental health during the pandemic. You can read the full article here.
The Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network is now accepting applications for its Business Technology Improvement Fund (BTIF) grants. The grant provides funding of up to 50% of approved costs, to a maximum grant of $25,000,to allow eligible businesses to purchase technology hardware, highly specialized equipment, software and specialized services. All the details are available on the PMCN website. If you are considering creating or updating your digital presence, fill out an application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE for consideration.

Member Updates

Whimsical Bakery is open for online orders Monday through Friday, with zero contact pickup or delivery Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 12pm.
Provide us with your business updates so we can feature them daily and get your information out to other members. Other important updates can be found on our COVID-19 Information page. Send us your information to this email address: [email protected] or call us directly at 705-789-4771.

Further Resources

Moving Forward

In this time we need to work together as much as possible to enable Huntsville and Lake of Bays to weather this situation and to position ourselves as the tourism leader once we are able to re-open our businesses and services to the public. If you have questions or need help finding the appropriate resources to assist you or your business, please reach out to us at the following address: [email protected]
From all of us at the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce team we urge you to stay safe and promise to do everything in our power to assist you in this difficult time.

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