April 7 COVID-19 Update


This week we are striving 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.
Today is World Health Day, and Justin Trudeau thanked all of Canada’s healthcare and medical professionals for their service. Applications are open today for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit to those with birth months April through June. Today the Provincial Government announced an online portal to connect healthcare organizations with needs to skilled professionals.

Federal Government

This morning Justin Trudeau announced the government is working hard with Canadian companies to produce personal protective equipment in Canada, for Canada. He also announced that Canada is actively purchasing medical equipment from other nations, including a shipment of 500,000 medical masks from 3M that should be received today. Trudeau also said that Parliament will be in session today to work toward passing the necessary legislation for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
Today Canadians born April through June can apply 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. Dates for applications for the rest of the week are: Wednesday July-September, Thursday October-December and Friday through Sunday all birth months can apply. Applications can be made online on the CERB benefit page or by calling 1-800-959-2041.

Provincial Government

Today Doug Ford announced the creation of a new Healthcare Matching online portal designed to connect organizations needing healthcare support to healthcare professionals looking for opportunities to help the province. Healthcare organizations are encouraged to place job postings using the new service. Doug Ford said: “To those listening who have medical training, please join the fight today.”
Yesterday the Ontario Government announced the Support for Families Initiative. The initiative offers a one-time payment of $200 per child between the ages of 0-12 and $250 for children 0-12 with special needs. Families must complete a simple online application to access this financial support.

Local News

The District of Muskoka has released an update about waste collection procedures and restrictions.
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.

Tourism Report

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

Fourth Pig Green and Natural Construction have ceased work for the time being but are working remotely and actively providing pre-construction services such as design consulting, estimating and other planning. Visit their website or email [email protected] for more details.
That Little Place by the Lights is taking orders for each week until Tuesday at noon to be delivered to Huntsville and surrounding area Thursdays and Fridays. They have added menu options on Facebook and Instagram.
Whimsical Bakery is currently taking regular online orders as well as orders for Easter. You can pick up your order at the store or they are delivering within the town of Huntsville. They will be closed Good Friday but adding Saturday pick up or delivery this week.
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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