COVID-19 News & Updates

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Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.

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Recent COVID-19 Updates

Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued a statement to address Ontario’s plan to live with and manage COVID-19.

With continued improvement in trends, Ontario will remove the mandatory masking requirement for most settings on March 21, with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings. Masking for these settings will still be required until April 27.

On March 28, the Reopening Act Ontario (ROA) will expire.

While this does not signal that COVID-19 has disappeared or that the pandemic is over, it does mean that we have come to a place where we know what we need to do to manage this virus and to keep each other safe.

Dr. Moore stressed the need to remain vigilant. “We need to stay home when sick, and most importantly, we need to get vaccinated and boosted.”

Read the full statement.

Learn how Ontario intends to lift the remaining public health and workplace safety measures and learn to manage COVID-19 for the long-term.

The Ontario government announced it is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

 

Effective February 17, 2022

Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.

 

Effective March 1, 2022

Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.

 

Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

  

Click here to read the full announcement.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs

Canada Business App
Your mobile business partner to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Canada Revenue Agency
Helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

City of Hamilton: Financial Support for Individuals
Many types of financial support is available to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19

Government of Canada: Managing your business during COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses

Reliefwithinreach.ca
What funding is available for you? Select your area, to find the financial support for your small business and how to contact your local MPP.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
COVID-19 resources with tips and tools on how businesses can plan their recovery-return, plus a number of free downloads that are sector specific with guidance and best practices for various jobs.