June 30 COVID-19 Update


Today the Ontario Government announced free day use in all provincial parks for Canada Day. Earlier this week Provincial Emergency Orders were extended until July 10. Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that the Commercial Rent Assistance Program has been extended by one month.
As more people return to work and relevant news regarding COVID-19 is becoming more infrequent, we have decided to send you updates on Tuesday and Thursday only. We hope this helps you keep your inbox manageable while still delivering relevant news updates.
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.
You can still access the latest up-to-date information on our COVID-19 Update Page on our website.

Federal Government

Today is 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.
Yesterday Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) will be extended by one month. You can find out more details on eligibility and submit an application online.

Provincial Government

Today Doug Ford and Ministers announced that the Ontario government is celebrating Canada Day tomorrow by offering free day use at all provincial parks. The province is also offering free fishing for two weeks beginning Saturday July 4. “As we celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, this is our way of saying thank you to everyone in Ontario who has followed the public health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Tourism is a major source of jobs and economic benefits for many communities across the province, so it’s important to support our local businesses and explore everything our province has to offer as we reopen the province this summer.” 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.

Town of Huntsville

Town of Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano has posted a COVID-19 update video. In addition to wishing everyone a happy Canada Day, Terziano announced 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 Town of Huntsville has confirmed that all Town Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled for 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Residents are asked to monitor the Muskoka Fire Danger rating for use of private bonfires and fireworks on the Town’s Outdoor Burning page. You can view the full news release online which also includes links to virtual Canada Day celebrations.
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.

Member Updates

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.

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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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