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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: June 30th, 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:

  • The Canadian government announced that Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travellers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This mandatory quarantine order is in effect until at least Aug. 31. The travel ban for most other foreign travellers is extended to at least July 31.
    • Travel by U.S. citizens are covered under a separate agreement, which was extended earlier this month. The U.S.-Canada border is closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21.
    • Fines for non-compliance with the quarantine order can be up to C$750,000.
  • Today, Premier Doug Ford, along with Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod, announced that to celebrate Canada Day, the province is offering free day use at all provincial parks tomorrow, and beginning this Saturday, July 4, the province is offering free fishing for two weeks.
  • In Ontario, 20 of the 34 regions have been reporting zero new daily cases. Premier Ford stated that the government would be providing information on the next stage of the reopening framework in the weeks ahead.
  • The Ontario Government is celebrating International Small Business Week with the launch of the “Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!” campaign, encouraging Ontarians to support their local small businesses and to shop safely while doing so. “The countless stories of success from our diverse small business community is living proof that Ontario is a place to grow and achieve big dreams,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business. “All of our small businesses supported the fight against COVID-19, many by closing their doors for several months—now it’s our turn to help support their recovery.”

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.

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, use a face mask. 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.