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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: August 26th, 2020

Chambers of Commerce across the country have joined forces to launch the Our Restaurants campaign. A report from the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions found that up to 60% of the restaurant industry could fail within three months.
Information on government grants, resources, and programs, and how to apply for them, is available here.
The Government of Canada has a support page with summaries of current programs and application portals.

Vital updates:

  • Chambers of Commerce across the country have joined forces to launch the Our Restaurants campaign. A report from the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions found that up to 60% of the restaurant industry could fail within three months. The campaign calls on Canadians to support their local restaurants through takeout, delivery, or physically-distanced dining in, and to let their elected representatives know that they support their local restaurants and policies that will help them stay afloat. It also calls for policy changes from governments at all levels, including:
    • implementing the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) improvements
    • eliminating the automatic annual federal excise tax increase on beer, wine, and spirits
    • extending the CECRA program and removing parent company revenue eligibility cap to aid franchises
    • implementing and monitoring a commercial eviction moratorium
    • reducing or deferring property taxes, patio fees, utility fees, and other fees as appropriate.
  • As part of Ontario’s plan for students to return to the classroom in September, the Government of Ontario has released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools document. Key elements of the guidance document explain:
    • The role of school boards and schools: keeping communities informed by creating a COVID-19 advisory section on both the board and school’s websites;
    • The role of local public health units: leading case and contact tracing activities, declaring outbreaks and directing closure of classrooms or schools where necessary;
    • The critical role of parents: screening their children every day before they go to school and keeping them home if they are ill;
    • Appropriate steps to take when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, including notifying the school community while respecting individual privacy; and
    • Protocols to trigger various levels of public health responses or infection control measures. One case will trigger a public health response, two or more linked cases will trigger the declaration of an outbreak.
  • Join us tomorrow morning for the next edition of GNCC Espresso Live. GNCC CEO Mishka Balsom is joined by guests Danny Pehar, Cyber Security Expert, Bestselling Author and Professional Speaker and Graeme Barrie, President and Founder, Netmechanics Inc. to examine the challenges that COVID-19 has created in the cyber security world. Participants will be able to ask their own questions of the panel and get answers to their IT and cybersecurity issues. Registration is free.

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If you are showing symptoms, contact your health care provider, call the Public Health Info-Line at 905-688-8248, or chat to Public Health online. For testing, call 905-378-4647 ext. 42819 (4-CV19) for information on test centres in Niagara and to book an appointment.

Remember that a COVID-19 test is only a snapshot of your health on the specific date and time the swab was taken. No testing is perfect and a negative result doesn’t mean you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19. You can still develop symptoms days after your test was taken.

It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. When maintaining distance is impossible, wear a mask or face covering. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. If you have recently traveled outside the country, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Previous updates can be accessed here.

Stay safe and be vigilant. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.