July 2 COVID-19 Update


Today is the last day you will be receiving a scheduled COVID update email. Summer is here and with many businesses reopening we recognize that your time is valuable. Relevant news regarding COVID-19 is becoming more infrequent, so we will only be sending out updates when there is significant and important news to share. We hope this helps you keep your inbox manageable while still delivering relevant news updates as they occur.
Even though businesses and patios are beginning to reopen, we ask that people use common sense and continue to follow public health guidelines. Even with new guidelines around social circles, when in public please remember to always practice physical distancing and to wear a face covering when distancing is difficult.

Federal Government

Today, the Government of Canada extended the Emergency Order requirements related to mandatory isolation and quarantine until August 31, 2020, for travellers entering Canada. Anyone entering Canada—whether by air, land or sea—will continue to be required to isolate for 14 days if they have COVID-19, or have reasonable grounds to suspect that they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or quarantine for 14 days if they do not have signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The Order also clarifies when travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This includes a new requirement for individuals who are otherwise exempt from quarantine to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when in public settings if physical distancing cannot be maintained. You can read the full news release online.
June 30 was the final day for the deferral of federal GST and HST payments as implemented on March 27. The deferral also included customs duty payments for imports. Payments are due as of July 1. Businesses that continue to experience difficulty in remitting GST/HST and customs duty amounts owing can contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to make a request for the cancellation of penalties and interest, and/or for a flexible payment arrangement with the CRA. You can read the government’s news release online.

Provincial Government

Today the Ontario government announced it is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional $150 million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing. This investment more than doubles the funding currently flowing to local municipal service managers and urban Indigenous program administrators through the Social Services Relief Fund. Municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners will be able to use this funding for long-term, innovative housing solutions resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read the full news release online.
Earlier this week the Ontario government announced that Ontario courts will begin resuming in-person proceedings across the province on Monday July 6. The gradual reopening of courtrooms will include strict health and safety protocols to protect staff and everyone required to attend a courthouse from COVID-19. You can read the full news release online.
The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until July 10, 2020. The extension of the emergency orders will allow key measures needed in the fight against COVID-19 to continue, including allowing front-line health care providers and public health units to redeploy staff where they are needed most, while providing the government with the tools it needs to successfully steer the province through the next stage of reopening and beyond. Orders remaining in effect include the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and restricted access to outdoor recreation amenities. You can read the full news release online.

Local News

The Township of Lake of Bays has published their latest electronic public notice board. You can read the full release online.
Town of Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano has posted a COVID-19 update video. In it Terziano announces that beginning Monday July 6, Huntsville Town Hall will have a mandatory mask policy for entry. This order will apply to all Town facilities. You can view the video on the YourTV Muskoka website.
The Huntsville Festival of the Arts has announced its Summer 2020 programming. Highlights include drive-in concerts, boat-in movies, online events, drama camps and art making in public spaces. You can see the full program schedule online.

Business & Tourism Report

The Canada Business Resilience Network has published a resource titled A Communications Guide and Template Signage for Businesses Amidst Reopening. The document provides information and assistance to create communications guides for internal and external partners. It also provides templates and ready-made signage that can be printed for topics such as hand washing, physical distancing as well as operations signage. You can view this resource and templates on their website.
Last week the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local partners presented an informative webinar entitled “Ask An Expert – COVID-19 Workplace and Business Safety in Simcoe Muskoka”. It featured Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Steven Rebellato, VP Environmental Health from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Issues covered included COVID-19 stats for our region, risks of COVID-19 in the workplace and how to avoid/mitigate them as well as resources for reopening. You can watch the full webinar online.
The Ontario government has released a resource document online titled Develop Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan. The document includes information on reducing risk to employees and controls that should be put in place to ensure a safe workplace. Available online, you can also download a safety plan template for creating your own custom plan. You can view these resources online.

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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