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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: June 19th, 2020

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:

  • Today marks Niagara’s transition to Stage 2 of the provincial re-opening framework. Details of what Stage 2 entails can be found here. Details of which businesses may re-open can be found here. Guidance documents for preventing COVID-19 in the workplace can be found here.
  • Physical distancing and personal protection are the key to a successful transition to Stage 2 and beyond. Do not open your business if you cannot give each customer and member of staff two metres of distance. Masks should be worn when physical distancing is difficult. Regular cleaning and disinfecting should be practiced. Businesses should keep a log with the contact information of people who have visited their premises. In the event of a case being discovered, public health authorities will need this information to perform contact tracing.
  • Today, the Ontario government released its safety plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. While the decision to return to the normal school day routine will continue to be based on medical advice, boards and schools are being asked to plan for alternative scenarios that may need to be implemented in September depending on the province’s COVID-19 situation.

Reading recommendations:


If you are showing symptoms, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Call a public health authority immediately. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before you have been directly advised to by public health authorities.

It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remain at home unless absolutely necessary. Minimize contact with other people. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. Maintain a 2-meter distance from others if you are required to be out in public. 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.