COVID19

COVID-19 Resources, Updates and News

As the voice of the Ontario tourism industry we recognize that in times of uncertainty there is a need for industry to have access to clear and reliable information. We have created this dedicated section of the website of to link to rapid updates on COVID-19. 

Our team is closely following the evolving situation and will link to pertinent articles, with a focus validity and relevance to our industry.

Banks Briefing: What support is on offer

There have been a series of announcements from the six big banks about the support on offer to individuals and families during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. We've tried to collate that information in manageable chunks from press releases and public statements here .

 

STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS Q & A NOTES MARCH 24TH

On Tuesday we held a series of industry stakeholders conference call meetings. They were incredibly well attended, with over 500 different organizations from across the sector and province represented.

Due to the sheer number of questions posted and asked we've tried to collate some notes of the questions asked and the answers given. Please note that with the speed in which the news is moving, some of the details may have now been superseded by current events. You can read and download the Q & A notes by clicking here .

Government Assistance Available 

Norfolk County Tourism have put together a concise document of government support announced to businesses so far. You can download the document here 

Tele-Townhall with Minister Lisa MacLeod Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:30 AM 

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod is inviting members of the tourism industry to discuss the government's response to COVID-19.

Please note, in order to receive dial-in instructions you must register at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/multi-sectoral-tele-townhall-wi….

 

Provincial government announces closures on non-essential businesses

The office of the Premier has released further information on what is determined to be an essential workplace. Restaurants and accommodations are included in the list.

For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein.

This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery.

Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

You can see the full list of essential businesses here .

Summary of Data Collected, COVID 19 Survey #1, March 19, 2020

The data reported here  is from a province wide survey that the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) put out from March 12th to March 16th 2020, to measure the impact of COVID 19 containment responses on tourism operations in Ontario. A sincere thank you to all the stakeholders who shared this across your networks, the Regional Tourism Organizations, and of course thank you to the more than 2000 survey respondents. This data is a crucial part of our communication of evidence driven discussions with government on how to support recovery efforts for our industry.

This analysis is just the beginning, TIAO is in direct and ongoing conversation with Minister MacLeod who is supporting our survey by distributing it across her channels and providing us with direct questions so that we can inform her of the state of our industry. Each week will be look to you, the industry to lead this conversation on what the economic recovery tools and plans will look like for tourism in Ontario. 

 

Please continue to fill out and circulate the weekly surveys, and as always if you have any questions please contact our Director of Policy and Research, Alex at arodgers@tiaontario.ca 

STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS Q & A NOTES MARCH 17TH

On Tuesday we held a series of industry stakeholders conference call meetings. They were incredibly well attended, with over 700 different organizations from across the sector and province represented.

Due to the sheer number of questions posted and asked we've tried to collate some notes of the questions asked and the answers given. Please note that with the speed in which the news is moving, some of the details may have now been superseded by current events. You can read and download the Q & A notes by clicking here .

TIAO COVID-19 Federal Government Recommendations

Over the weekend we were asked to consult our members on what steps the Federal Government should take to support the tourism industry. You can read our recommendations based on the feedback we received  that we sent to the office of Minister of Finance Bill Morneau by clicking here.

Public Health Ontario - COVID-19 Public Resources

This Public Health Ontario fact sheet provides guidance on cleaning and disinfection of public settings. Click here to download. 

This Public Health Ontario fact sheet provides guidance on how to self-monitor. Click here to download

This Public Health Ontario fact sheet provides guidance on how to self-isoalte. Click here to download. 

Public Health Information from the Government of Canada 

For the latest information from the Government of Canada on COVID-19 please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.

 

 

Ontario to close all publicly-funded schools for 2 weeks after March break due to COVID-19

All publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks following March break due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Ontario government made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, saying that the decision was made based on advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the full CTV News article at https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-to-close-all-publicly-funded-schools-for-2-weeks-after-march-break-due-to-covid-19-1.4850653 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Resources 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has also prepared resources, including a Crisis Communications Plan ( click here ) and a Business Continuity and Recovery Plan (Click here) so businesses are aware of potential risks and can be prepared for anything. Please download and pass onto anyone you think might find them useful. 

Insurers update travel travel cancellation terms to exclude COVID-19 

Travel companies have begun to change their cancellation policies in light of rising concerns over COVID-19. You can read the article at  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-insurers-update-travel-cancellation-terms-to-exclude-coronavirus .