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March 24, 2020

URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE - List of Essential Services

Authors Hendrik Nieuwland and Domenica Moran

The Ontario Government has published the list of essential services that are exempted from the shutdown on March 24 at 11:59 pm:

The list of essential businesses that will remain open operate in the following categories: supply chain, retail, food services, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, financial, resources, utilities, communications, research, health care, seniors care, social services, justice and business regulators.


COVID-19 Update: Ontario Government Announces Shut Down of Non-Essential Businesses

In a news release issued on March 23, 2020, the Ontario Government announced it will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The closure will be effective as of Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 pm, and it will remain in effect for 14 days.  The closure may be extended beyond 14 days.

A full list of the businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.

Businesses are permitted to continue their operations with employees working remotely at home. 

The mandatory closure will not affect essential services to ensure the public will continue to have access to necessities, such as groceries, medicines, and other essential products.

The Ontario Government also announced it will establish a 1-800 number and create a website to answer any public inquiries.  The website and phone number are to be made available on Wednesday, March 25. 

Our firm will continue to provide you with updates as the Ontario Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

The foregoing is for informational purposes only and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice. For legal advice tailored to your circumstances and business, please contact any of SOM LLP’s lawyer’s by email or telephone.
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