Province of Ontario allows more businesses to reopen starting Monday

Select businesses will be able to open as of May 4

The Province of Ontario is allowing select additional businesses to reopen as of Monday, May 4th.

On Friday afternoon, Premiere Doug Ford made the announcement that businesses like garden centres, lawn care and maintenance companies, and auto dealerships may begin to resume operations.

“Based on our framework, based on our robust health and safety guidelines, it is clear that right now there are certain businesses and workplaces that can operate safely,” Ford explained. “That means they can physically distance their staff and customers, they can put in physical barriers, they can provide contact free services, or they work outside an dare isolated.”
 


Additionally, the list of essential construction work has been expanded, now including municipal projects, colleges and universities, schools, and child care centres.

Golf courses and marinas will be allowed to “prepare for the upcoming season,” but they will not be able to open to the public.

According to Ford, the list of new businesses that can open was developed with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

Check out the full list of businesses that can reopen on May 4th below:
 

    – Garden centres and nurseries with curtsied pick-up and delivery only
    – Lawn care and landscaping
    – Additional essential construction projects, including:

      – shipping and logistics
      – broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure
      – any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services
      – municipal projects
      – colleges and universities
      – child care centres
      – schools
      – site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development

    – Automatic and self-serve car washes
    – Auto dealerships, open by appointment only
    – Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public
    – Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.