Town Prepares as Province Moves to Shutdown

agraham
Dec 22, 2020

Halton Hills, ON - As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise daily, the Government of Ontario is instituting a province-wide shutdown, 28 days for southern Ontario and 14 days for northern Ontario, to commence on Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 am.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts, shutdown measures are being taken to limit community transmission of the virus in order to safeguard health system capacity and protect the province's most vulnerable populations. Ontario residents are being urged by Premier Ford to “stay home and only go out for work, groceries and prescriptions.”

“Moving into shutdown on Boxing Day is not a step any of us wanted to happen,” said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “But now more than ever, it is critical that we all continue to work together to help stop the spread of the virus by staying home. I want to thank our businesses and residents who continue to follow public health advice in our efforts to keep our Town safe.”

During shutdown, Town services will be provided in accordance with the province-wide shutdown measures announced December 21, 2020.  The Town will continue to work with our numerous participants and user groups to determine the impacts to specific service areas. 

For more information and ongoing updates, visit:

Residents should call 311 with inquiries about current restrictions and the COVID-19 hotline at 905-825-4722 to report COVID-19 non-compliance.

 

Business Guidelines During Shutdown

On December 21, 2020, the Province of Ontario released specific guidelines/additional restrictions for various business sectors to follow during the shutdown. Refer to the General Public Health Measures for all Businesses, Organizations and Facilities document for guidelines for the various sectors, including:  

  • Retail  
  • Supermarkets and Big Box Retailers  
  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishment 
  • Shopping malls 
  • Personal and Commercial Services 
  • Supply Chain 
  • Agriculture and Food Production 
  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Hotels, motels and short-term rentals 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Media Industries 
  • Real estate (including pre-sale construction) 

Additional information and guidelines for public gatherings, facilities and healthcare and more can be found in this document. Check and carefully review the COVID-19 Provincial Shutdown webpage for any updates.   

 

New Small Business Grant 

In addition to the announcement made on December 21, an announcement was made for a new Ontario Small Business Support Grant which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. A brief overview of the new program is provided on the New Ontario Small Business Support Grant page.

Digital Main Street

The Digital Main Street - Service Squad program was successfully administered in Halton Hills from October -  December 18, 2020. Visit the Digital Main Street page for more information about extended businesses resources.

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