May 6 COVID-19 Update


Today Doug Ford announced a new list of businesses that can now open. Yesterday Justin Trudeau announced $272 million in new funding for farmers and food processors.
This week we will be sending you emails on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the latest federal, provincial and local news as well as updates from member businesses. You can access the latest up-to-date information on our COVID-19 Update Page on our website.

Federal Government

Today Federal health experts held a COVID-19 update press conference. As of this morning there were 62,458 total cases of COVID-19 in Canada, 18,722 of which are in Ontario. It was also announced that as of May 5 there have been 942,526 people tested for the virus in Canada.
Yesterday Justin Trudeau announced a $252 million emergency aid package for farmers and food processors. The package includes $77 million for food processors, including meat packers, to retrofit factories and increase capacity as well as for PPE purchases. $125 million will go to the AgriRecovery fund, a partnership between the Federal government and provinces and territories aimed at helping farmers during disasters.

Provincial Government

Today Doug Ford announced that more businesses will be allowed to open providing they can meet Provincial Health and Safety standards. Starting Friday May 8 garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store purchases and payments. Starting Saturday May 9 hardware and safety supply stores will be able to open. Monday May 11 retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery. The government has also made changes to essential construction services. For more details, you can read the full news release online.
Yesterday the Ontario government extended all emergency orders, set to expire next week, until May 19. This includes the restrictions on public gatherings, the non-essential business order as well as the closure of outdoor recreation amenities. Emergency electricity rate relief has been extended through May 31. You can read the full news release online.

Local News

The Township of Lake of Bays has partnered with a local sign company to produce no-charge physical distancing signage for Lake of Bays businesses. 12″x12″ floor graphics and 24″x16″ outdoor signage is available. You can view the signs by clicking here. Please email your request ASAP to [email protected].
The Town of Huntsville would like to remind residents that spring and summer recreation programs and activities are currently postponed until further notice. The Town is closely monitoring Provincial orders and will continue to provide updates as they become available on
The Huntsville BIA is holding a Share Your Love for Huntsville contest. Between now and May 25 you can email them a review (100 words or more) on your favourite Downtown Huntsville business to be entered in a draw for a $200 gift card to your favourite BIA business. Email your review to [email protected] to enter. Your review will be posted with your first name only on social media. Go to to find a listing of all the Huntsville BIA businesses.
Check out our Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of Virtual Events taking place in May. With social distancing still in place, virtual events are a great way to be entertained and to feel connected with the community. You can read the full list on the Huntsville Adventures website.

Business & Tourism Report

Friday May 8 there will be a question and answer webinar with the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly. Taking place on Zoom from 9:15 – 10:00am, you can join the Northern Ontario Chambers of Commerce for an opportunity to engage with the Minister directly. You can register in advance for the webinar online.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is administering the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. They have posted a page on their website with details on the program including who will be eligible. While the application process has not currently opened, you can get more details on the COVID-19: CECRA for Small Businesses webpage.

Member Updates

East Side Mario’s restaurant in Huntsville we be open for curbside takeout starting tomorrow, Thursday May 7, from 12:00pm – 8:00pm. The restaurant has an app you can download or you can choose to order online. After Thursday their regular hours will be Wednesday to Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm.
In advance of more businesses being able to open in the future, Staples has launched a line of decals for social distancing markers, doors, floors, walls etc. These decals can be purchased online through the Staples website.
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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