Coronavirus | Ontario

Ontario Delays Retail Reopening in Toronto, Peel & North Bay-Parry Sound District

February 19, 2021

The Ontario government extended the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures for an additional two weeks in the Toronto and Peel Region, along with the North Bay-Parry Sound District.

That means Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound will remain shutdown under the Stay-at-Home order until at least March 8, 2021.

York Region will return to the COVID-19 Response Framework at the Red-Control level and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order as of Monday, February 22, at 12:01 a.m.  RCC understands that York Region is planning to impose a few more restrictions on capacity limits and are calling their reopening a “red plus.” We are gathering further information on this and will provide further information when we have it.

Lambton Public Health will also move from the Orange-Restrict level to the Red-Control level, effective Monday, February 22, at 12:01 a.m. For retailers, that means a capacity restriction will be in effect starting Monday. Consult RCC’s capacity calculator for more details on what that means by clicking here.

Public health regions will remain in their level of the Framework for at least two weeks, after which time the Ontario government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should move or stay at the current level.

RCC continues to relentlessly advocate for the reopening of all retail at reduced capacities since merchants have clearly shown that they can reopen safely. Our discussions with elected officials and their members of staff are constant.  Please watch our newsletter for ongoing updates or feel free to call upon us at any time.

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