April 6 COVID-19 Update


As the new week starts we recognize that you are being inundated with information and updates. Starting this week we will strive to only send you new information not found in previous emails, with member updates and further links at the bottom. We hope this will make it easier to stay up-to-date with the most recent information.
Applications open today for the Canadian Emergengy Response Benefit to those with birth months between January and March. Today the next stage of the Provincial Government’s Learn at Home program for out of school students is set to begin.

Federal Government

Today many Canadians can start applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. $500 per week is available for citizens who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for regular EI or sickness benefits. Applicants must be at least 15 years old and have income of at least $5,000 in the previous 12 months. Applications are being accepted based upon birth month. Today applicants born January to March can apply. The remaining days are as follows: Tuesday April-June, Wednesday July-September, Thursday October-December and Friday through Sunday all birth months can apply. The Government says that applicants who set up direct deposit are expected to receive their first payment within 3-5 days. Applications can be made online on the CERB benefit page or by calling 1-800-959-2041.
This morning Justin Trudeau announced the government is working with the 6 major Canadian banks to lower credit card interest for those who require assistance due to the pandemic.

Provincial Government

Today the Province’s Learn at Home distance learning program begins. The program will be led by teachers online, but students will have to learn independently and receive direction and support from parents. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Learning at Home web page provides teaching resources and further information about virtual home learning for students who will be out of school until at least May 4.
The Government of Ontario has posted the information slides that accompanied Friday’s release of COVID-19 modelling and predictions. This presentation contains statistical numbers and charts to better understand where the Province stands in the midst of this crisis.

Local News

There is now a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Huntsville located in Building B, 100 Frank Miller Drive, behind the Howland Building. Please note that anyone experiencing symptoms must first see their doctor or nurse practitioner. If you do not have either then call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-767-0000 or access the Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool. If you have been advised by one of these resources to attend the Assessment Centre you must book an appointment by calling 1-888-383-7009. The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is NOT open for walk-in visits.

Business & Tourism Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is working with the Government of Canada on the Canadian Business Resilience Network. The new website is designed to provide the latest information, tools and resources to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. The site will continue to grow as the situation unfolds.
Regional Tourism Operator, RTO-12/Explorers’ Edge is offering 2 webinars Friday April 10. Intro to Social Media Marketing will take place from 10am-11am and Marketing During COVID-19 will take place 11am-12pm.

Member Updates

MHO Adventures is an outdoor adventure company with a full on-site commercial kitchen. Beginning this week, as a way to serve the community and keep staff employed, they are offering a healthy, prepared meal delivery service. The service has no commitment or contract. Shop online for delivery to Huntsville, Bracebridge, Port Sydney, Baysville and Dwight with free delivery and no minimum order. Order online through their web portal.
Pet Valu will be closed on Sundays. Tuesday this week they will only be open 12-5 and they will be closed Good Friday. The store is only offering curbside service. Please call your order in ahead at 705-789-0031.
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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