Ontario’s framework for re-opening the economy
Flanked by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Premier Doug Ford outlined a three stage Framework for re-opening the Ontario economy.
The government declined to provide hard dates. Instead, it has opted to tie decisions on restarting the economy to ongoing decreases in the number of new, reported cases of COVID-19. There is, however, a cautious optimism that infection rates in Ontario have peaked. Re-opening the economy will be based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts. Protecting public health and safety remains the over-riding priority.
Each stage will be monitored for 2-4 weeks by public health officials to assess the impact on the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reopening Ontario after COVID-19
Select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance will be allowed to re-open. Some outdoor spaces such as parks will resume operation and there will be limited opportunities for individuals to attend events. Hospitals will begin offering non-urgent and scheduled surgeries as well as other health care services.
Additional workplaces, including some service industries, office and retail workplaces will re-open. Larger public gatherings will be allowed and additional outdoor spaces re-open.
All workplaces will re-open “responsibly” and restrictions on public gatherings will be relaxed.
What we are doing
The ORVDA is actively lobbying to ensure its members: dealers, campgrounds and service providers — are included in the Phase 1 re-opening.
The RV sector has taken an active, responsible and community-minded role at every stage of the pandemic. In making RVs and campgrounds available to front-line workers, it has developed stringent distancing and hygiene practices to prepare vehicles and protect both employees and individuals receiving emergency units.
As noted in Stage 1 of the province’s Framework, adhering to Public Health Guidelines is essential for businesses to be permitted to re-open. We encourage our members to review these recommendations and develop a plan appropriate to your business.