May 25 COVID-19 Update


Today Justin Trudeau announced an new toll-free phone line to connect small and medium-sized business owners with free accounting advice on navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Doug Ford thanked all of the Province’s dedicated volunteers for their support of seniors and vulnerable citizens during the pandemic.
Even though businesses are beginning to reopen, we ask that people use common sense and continue to follow public health guidelines. It is still best to stay at home except for short trips outdoors, remember to always practice physical distancing and try 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 Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a telephone helpline designed to connect business owners with accounting professionals to give advice about navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses, as well as not-for-profits and charities, can call the Business Resilience Service toll free, 7 days a week at 1-866-989-1080. The service is free and will be provided for four weeks. You can read more about the program online.
Today is the first day to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. To manage volume, property owners are being asked to register on the following days:
Monday – Property owners who are located in Atlantic Canada, BC, Alberta
and Quebec, with up to 10 eligible tenants.
Tuesday – Property owners who are located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
Ontario and the Territories, with up to 10 eligible tenants.
Wednesday – All other property owners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario,
and the Territories.
Thursday – All other property owners in Atlantic Canada, BC, Alberta and
Friday – All can apply.
Registration can be done on the CMHC website which also provides resources on eligibility and frequently asked questions.

Provincial Government

Today Doug Ford thanked Ontario’s volunteers and small businesses that are rising to the challenge and helping seniors and other vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak. On April 9 the government invested $100 million in a partnership with Spark Ontario to create a volunteer hub. Since then, over 6,500 Ontarians have signed up and volunteered at community organizations. You can read a full news release of today’s statements online.
The Ministry of Health is now recommending that Ontarians wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult such as when using public transit. The following recommendations for face coverings were given:
  • Wear your face covering safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps. Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;
  • Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries;
  • Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.
You can read the full news release online.

Local News

The Township of Lake of Bays has published a media release regarding the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities. You can read the full release online.
With more retail businesses opening up, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has posted a How to Shop Safely section on their website. You can read this and other safety guidelines on their website.
Huntsville Doppler has an Open for Business page that is updated daily. You can find a listing of businesses that are currently open listed by category. You can read the entire list on their website.

Business & Tourism Report

The Canada Business Resilience Network has published a Toolkit for Reopening Canada’s Economy. The document provides many resources for businesses on creating operations and health and safety plans, sourcing PPE and advice on internal and external communications. You can access this guide on the CBRN website.
Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund is a $350 million program designed to support charities and not-for-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Applications must be submitted by July 27, 2020 for activities occurring between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. You can download the application guide here. Visit the CFC website for more details and to apply.

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.

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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