Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19

New Measures to Further Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

TORONTO — To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.

“This was a tough decision, but the right decision, as this is no time for half measures,” said Premier Doug Ford. “But I have said from day one we will, and we must, take all steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of every Ontarian must come first. The health of you, your children, your grandparents and friends depends on all of us doing our part.”

Businesses that can continue operations with employees working remotely, or through other contingency measures, are being given approximately 36 hours to prepare and adapt. Essential services may continue their operations to maintain supply chains and ensure the people of Ontario have access to necessities, including groceries, medicines and other essential products.

A 1-800 number and website will be made available on Wednesday for any inquiries.


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Support Local Downtown Brampton Businesses during COVID-19

The Downtown Brampton businesses have adjusted their operations to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please check back frequently for any updates. Make sure to follow the businesses social medias for updates.

The following retailers are either operating at reduced hours, or promoting online shopping:


The following restaurants are still offering takeout and/or delivery:


The following service providers are either operating from online, or reduced hours:

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COVID-19 information for businesses

The Province of Ontario has ordered that all at risk businesses/non–essential businesses close by March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. Click Here for the list of Essential Workplaces.

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Business Resources

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Apply as soon as possible after you stop working. If you wait
more than 4 weeks after your last day of work to apply, you may
lose benefits.

Scenario 1 – You are under isolation or quarantine: Apply to EI NOW as SICK BENEFITS.

Scenario 2 – You are laid off from work due to shortage of work due to Covid– 19 – Apply for EI NOW under Regular EI benefits – Shortage of Work

Scenario 3 – You are laid off from work due to your place of business closing due to Covid -19 – Apply for EI NOW under Regular EI Benefits – Involuntary Leave

Scenario 4 – You are NOT ELIGIBLE for EI benefits but want to apply for the new Package announced for those not eligible for EI – you must wait until this passes the House of Commons – which should be by April and applications and money will flow by May. You will be given application instructions once the applications are approved for production.

Click Here for the Employment Insurance benefits and leave website

Safety Checklist for Businesses

For businesses whose operations are closed during this time, Ottawa Police have created a safety checklist to ensure your shop or restaurant remains secure. Police recommend the following guidelines:

  • Keep the lights on
  • Remove ALL cash and receipts
  • Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible
  • All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers
  • All ATM’s should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
  • All alcohol products removed from bar and put in secured storage areas (no alcohol left visible from outside)
  • Consider posting “NO CASH or Valuables on Premises” signage
  • Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (ie. Cleaners, deliveries, etc)
  • Disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source

Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and to manage inventory and storage conditions (consider scattering the times this is done to not establish a pattern)


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 Government of Ontario

 Government of Canada

 World Health Organization

 OBIAA Letters

Additional Resources

Business Support Contacts

  • CFIB Business Helpline: 1-888-234-2232
  • BDC Financing and Advice: 1-877-232-2269
  • Employment Insurance Benefits: 1-833-381-2725
  • Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
    Business Advisors:

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