COVID-19 Update on Businesses

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Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19
New Measures to Further Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves.

Businesses that can continue operations with employees working remotely, or through other contingency measures, are being given approximately 36 hours to prepare and adapt. Essential services may continue their operations to maintain supply chains and ensure the people of Ontario have access to necessities, including groceries, medicines and other essential products.

To see a list of all essential workplaces that can remain open, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659

The province has now launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.