A Message from Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettipiece

March 25th, 2020

UNSURE ABOUT WHETHER TO CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS DUE TO COVID-19?

Dear Friends,

Many of you have contacted me regarding the provincial government’s decision to close all non-essential businesses as of today.

This was a difficult but necessary decision. I know that many of you have already faced tough decisions of your own since this crisis began. More tough decisions are surely ahead of us.

I want to make sure you have the latest information on how the government’s order will affect businesses here in Perth-Wellington.

Information is available here:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-closing-at-risk-workplaces-to-protect-health-and-safety.html

You will find the list of essential businesses here:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/list-of-essential-workplaces.html

Businesses on the essential services list have been designated as necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of the people of Ontario—while supporting the economy in a way that is safe and appropriate for today’s reality.

Businesses that are considered essential must ensure all employees are working in a safe environment. They should quickly develop plans to ensure physical distancing and regular handwashing hygiene.

We are in a public health crisis. I would urge all business leaders—whether they are considered essential or non-essential—to do everything possible to limit the spread of this virus. Consider asking employees to work from home wherever possible.

The government will continue acting on the best advice of the Chief Medical Officer. As the situation evolves, further action may be necessary. The Premier has been clear that every option is on the table. Some businesses may be added to the list, while others may be removed.

You may have questions on how the order will affect your business. Today the government launched the Stop the Spread Business Information Line. If certain businesses believe they should be considered under the list of exemptions, they should call the information line to address their specific concerns.

You can call the information line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please contact me at any time if you have other questions or concerns. My staff and I are dealing with an extremely high volume of requests, but we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your efforts to protect the health of your employees and our province.

Randy Pettapiece, MPP

Perth-Wellington