March 17 COVID-19 Update
- Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
- Town of Huntsville COVID-19 Information and Updates
- Township of Lake of Bays COVID-19 Updates
- All facilities providing indoor recreation programs
- All public libraries
- All private schools
- All licensed child day care centres
- All bars and restaurants except those that provide take-out food and delivery
- All theatres including movie cinemas, stage theatre, music and dance shows
- Concert venues
As well, all organized events larger than 50 people have been prohibited, which includes communal services within places of worship. This Declaration of Emergency also provides additional funds to combat COVID-19. For more information from the province, follow these links:
The Prime Minister announced today that federal measures are on the way to help Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. Justin Trudeau said “We’re looking at giving more flexibility for people to be able to make payments and for businesses to have more liquidity at this time.” The Prime Minister said other financial support measures could be introduced, including:
Money for businesses to allow them to keep people on the payroll even when they are at home
New access to credit for businesses
Enhanced Canada Child benefits, GST credits for low-income Canadian
He also stated that by the end of the week the government will have more to say about the upcoming tax season, possibly even a tax filing deadline extension.
We will continue to update you on the latest Federal news as it becomes available.
Let Us Help
We have created a web page with resources and updates, including a survey for you to fill out about the status of your own business. Please take the time to complete the survey, to enable us to share your updates with fellow members and the community. If you have other suggestions on ways that the Chamber can help your business, we would find that feedback useful. Please feel free to provide your suggestions/insights on an ongoing basis at this email address: [email protected].
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has published the following guide to assist businesses in working through the changes COVID-19 will have on your business.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has also published helpful resources for your business.
We know your businesses are already experiencing the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on local tourism. Our regional tourism organization, RTO-12, has published the following update and information.