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Resources for Workplaces & Partners

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic recommendations and guidelines are constantly changing. Below, we are highlighting some resources that can better assist your business or workplace at this time.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employees can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Help is available Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Here is the list of essential workplaces .


To ensure the province is able to continue its extensive efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Ontario will extend the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency and subsequent emergency orders, regulations and amendments issued under s.7.0.1 and 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The following declaration and orders have been extended and will be in effect until April 13, 2020:

On March 28th the Ontario government issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately. Organized public events include parades, events including weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship.

  • This order does not apply to private households with five people or more.
  • This order does not apply to operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people.
  • Funerals are permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.


Shelter services are designed to provide persons experiencing homelessness immediate access to a safe and temporary place while they work to find housing.

The following information is intended to help shelter service providers reduce the risk of exposure to illnesses including COVID-19.


On March 17th The Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency. Following the declaration the province of Ontario ordered the following:

All restaurants and bars are to remain closed until April 13th, 2020 unless the order is terminated earlier.
Note: that despite the order, restaurants and bars are permitted to offer take- out (no seating available for patrons) or delivery.

• Ensure seating is removed or access to seating has been restricted.

• Restrict access to all food court seating.

  1. For food premises that remain open to offer take- out and delivery please refer to the Guidance for Food Premises Best Practice Summary Sheet and check back often for updates. 

a. Wash your hands often with soap and water  

b. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve 

c. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 

d. Avoid contact with people who are sick 

e. Stay at home if you are sick

Please also see our information on workplaces and employers to understand how to protect yourself and your employees during this time.

All licensed daycares were ordered closed as a part of the state of emergency in Ontario declared on March 17th, 2020 These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until April 13th, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.

Stay informed about the local COVID situation. Keep up to date with new resources created for you from Association of Municipalities Ontario.

  • Review your emergency response and business continuity plans. 
  • Establish relationships with key healthcare and public health partners in your community.

Community planners should prepare for: 

  • interruptions in social supports
  • reduction in public services like transit and access to community centres 
  • financial consequences from the reduction of services or cancelled events.

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