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Ontario: Is my retail business an “essential service”?

April 3, 2020

Effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm, only pharmacies, or businesses that primarily sell food and beverages shall remain open to the public. Examples of retailers that are allowed to remain open include:

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Discount and big box retailers selling groceries
  • Beer and wine and liquor stores

This closure will be in effect for 14 days, at which point, the situation will be reassessed. All other businesses are encouraged to use eCommerce options.

The full updated essential businesses list can be found here.

RCC will continue to fight to ensure retailers that need to close and those that are struggling are provided with as many relief options as possible.  Please visit retailcouncil.org/coronavirus-info-for-retailers regularly for updates. 

Sebastian Prins
Director, Government Relations (Ontario)
sprins@retailcouncil.org

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