May 29 COVID-19 Update


Today Justin Trudeau announced funding for Indigenous communities and Doug Ford spoke of increased testing and the possibility of a regional approach when Stage 3 reopening begins.
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 additional funding for health, economic and social support for Indigenous peoples and communities. $650 million will go toward programs to increase health care services, help individuals and families on reserves meet essential living expenses and to build 12 new shelters over 5 years to protect and support Indigenous women and girls experiencing violence. You can read the Prime Minister’s full news release online.
Today the Prime Minister also announced that the Federal government and the Provinces continue to discuss a plan to provide every worker in Canada with 10 paid sick days per year. Trudeau said more news of this measure will be forthcoming.
This week commercial property owners can 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 Quebec.
  • 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 announced that the Province is entering the “next stage” in its increased COVID-19 testing strategy. With 18,500 tests performed yesterday, the Premier said the province is getting back on track with testing numbers. He said: “We know that ramping up testing will mean that we’ll find more cases,” but stressed the importance of increased data for contact tracing and a better understanding of regional differences within the province. He also announced that he has asked officials to investigate the possibility of a regional approach when the province is ready to enter Stage 3 of reopening the economy.
This week the Ontario government announced that it is extending all emergency orders until June 9, 2020. These emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters. You can read the full list of emergency orders in the official news release posted online.

Local News

Two Dwight summer staples have been cancelled. Due to COVID-19 the Dwight Farmers’ Market and the S.S. Bigwin tours have been cancelled for the 2020 season.
The Town of Huntsville has posted resources to help businesses with reopening. The resources can be found online and include Guidelines for Opening Safely, a Fire Safety Checklist for Reopening Buildings and a link to Safety Guidelines for business sectors. Follow the links to read these important resources.
Township of Lake of Bays Mayor Terry Glover has released his weekly video update. You can view the video online on Facebook.
The Township of Lake of Bays has released their latest Public Notice Board. You can read the release online.
The Huntsville Public Library is inviting applications for volunteer Library Board members. Any persons having an interest can apply online on the Town of Huntsville’s 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 World Tourism Organization has approved and released a set of guidelines for the tourism industry. Titled Global Guidelines to Restart Tourism, the document has guidelines for areas such as border management, meetings and events, attractions and tour operators. You can read the full document online.
The Government of Canada is reviewing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, and the Canada Business Resilience Network is urging businesses to fill out a short survey to contribute to the consultation process. You can access the survey online. The deadline to participate is June 5, 2020.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar on June 2 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm with the Business Development Bank of Canada. BDC’s Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux and Executive Vice President Peter Lawler will be discussing current business trends and what business owners should be doing now as they ramp up operations. Registration for the webinar is now open.

Member Updates

Muskoka Hydrovac has been using their downtime to conduct research and development. The company has perfected a new tool to clean out silt in dug wells as well as a rehabilitation solution for failed septic weeping beds. The company has also written a letter of encouragement to other Chamber members, which can be read here.
NOVELTYMANN is happy to announce that they have all appropriate safety protocols in place and have opened their doors to customers. Curbside service is still available if requested. They have the following message to customers: “We appreciate everyone’s support as we get back up and running and a reminder that all our companies are doing the same and some things are taking a little longer to come in.” NOVELTYMANN has suppliers of safety masks and safety clothing and is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can reach them at [email protected] or at 705-787-0148.
Pet Valu is now allowing a limited number of customers into their Huntsville store. Online ordering and curbside pick up are still available. Pet Valu is open Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 9am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.
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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