COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario
At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, the province of Ontario will enter Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.
Step Two of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
- Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
- Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
- Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
- Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
- Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
- Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
- Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
- Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
- Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.
CBC - Ontario to begin reopening Friday 3rd wave of COVID-19 recedes
Province to move into Phase 1 of its reopening plan 3 days ahead of schedule. June 11, 2021.
Ontario will move into the initial phase of its reopening plan three days ahead of schedule on Friday, the government says, including loosening restrictions on retail and outdoor activities.
The province said the decision was made based on vaccination rates and “continuing improvements in key public health indicators.”
In a statement, Premier Doug Ford thanked Ontarians for their “enormous sacrifices” and credited the ongoing immunization campaign for making it possible.
“As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines,” Ford said.
Stop the Condo Tax on Small Business
The Condo Tax on Small Businesses has the potential to raise taxes on properties to what their values could be and not what they are currently. For property owners, this means less income from their properties and for small businesses, higher rent to make up for this loss of revenue. This could have a devastating effect on their bottom lines
Affordability is a key factor in determining the ability for a business to thrive. The MarkeTo BIA is committed to assisting local businesses to succeed and continue to prosper.
Our City Councillor, Mike Colle, is addressing this issue and trying to push back on this new way of determining property taxes. If you have any questions or require more information, you may reach out to the BIA or directly to the Councillor at either of the methods below:
Mike Colle Constituency Office: 416-338-0008
Email: email@example.com Website: https://www.mikecolletoronto.com
For information on how property taxes are determined please visit MPAC at https://www.mpac.ca/HowAssessmentWorks
Reduce Business Red Tape
The local Member of the Provincial Parliament, Robin Martin, is hosting meetings with businesses on issues that negatively impact the establishment, running, or expansion of businesses in the area.
As representative of local businesses and commercial properties, the MPP requested the BIA reach out to our members in creating awareness of this initiative.
The MPP will host a meeting in the New Year. If you are interested in attending the meeting to raise issues and strategies on how to reduce red tape, please send available dates to her office as soon as possible so that they may schedule and give advance notice of the exact date.
If you have any questions or wish to participate you may reach out to the MPP by either of the following methods:
Constituency Office: 416-781-2395