The South Huron Chamber of Commerce (SHCC) supports and advances the interests of the business community in South Huron and area. Through advocacy and outreach we help the business community to thrive and make South Huron a better place to work and live. We are a non-profit organization financed by or membership dues and fundraising. Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of local business members and community stakeholders.
“Serving as a voice of South Huron business promoting economic growth, increasing community prosperity and pride”
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Our response: The OCC put out this statement in response to the government’s newly announced province-wide stay-at-home order. We encourage you to send the attached template statement to your local media. Please share on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
We are calling for:
- An expedited vaccine roll-out prioritizing essential workers who cannot work from home is critical to preventing these stops and starts that are so damaging for business.
- With the Ontario Business Support Grant coming to a close, we are calling for continued supports that will see businesses through the third wave of the crisis.
Stay-at-Home Order – Key Details from the Ontario Government Release:
- The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, just declared a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).
- The Stay-At-Home Order is in response to rising ICU rates and the rapid increase of COVID-19 variants.
In a nutshell:
- The majority of non-essential retailers must only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions. Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to essential items.
- Schools and child care will remain open for in-person care and learning in public health regions where it is permitted.
- People living in regions with the highest rates of transmission will be prioritized to receive a vaccine, starting with the most at-risk in the Peel and Toronto public health regions.
- Effective April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the majority of non-essential retailers must only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions.
- Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with one single designated location inside the shopping mall, and any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall, along with other restrictions.
- Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only;
- Permitting select retail stores to open by appointment only and subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit and restricting allowable hours of operation to 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., with additional public health and workplace safety measures.
- Schools and child care will remain open for in-person care and learning in public health regions where it is permitted, with strict safety measures in place.
- Beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hot spot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. Vaccinations will commence during the April break starting with priority neighborhoods in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighborhoods in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham. This will be followed by a rollout across the province as supply allows.
- As part of Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, people living in regions with the highest rates of transmission will be prioritized to receive a vaccine, starting with the most at-risk in the Peel and Toronto public health regions.
- This initiative will be expanded to additional “hot spot” regions based on established patterns of transmission, severe illness, and mortality.
- To support this expanded vaccination effort, mobile teams are being organized to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18 or over.
- Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighborhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.
- On Friday, April 9, 2021, individuals aged 50 or older in public health units with highly impacted neighbourhood, as identified by postal code, will be eligible to book their vaccine through the provincial booking system.
- Health and safety inspectors and provincial offenses officers will increase inspections and enforcement at essential businesses in regional hot zones to continue protecting essential workers while on the job.
- Rapid testing continues to be deployed in workplaces for asymptomatic staff in key sectors such as manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, mining, construction and food processing, and additional outreach will occur to employers in regions with the highest rates of transmission to increase access to testing.
- Enrolling in the Provincial Antigen Screening Program will be streamlined to allow for quick access to these supports.
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, our government has provided more than $1 billion in direct support to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages to offsetting the cost of rent to purchasing inventory.
More than 78,000 Ontario Small Business Support Grant applications from small businesses across the province have been processed, representing more than $1 billion in support. Upon approval, successful applicants will receive a payment within 10 days. Applications are still open until March 31, 2021, and a detailed step-by-step instructional video on the application portal is available to help guide applicants through the process.
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Available resources about COVID-19 and small businesses. https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/resources/business/covid-19-small-business-survival-guide/
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