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Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown, Including Peterborough & the Kawarthas

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On December 21st, 2020, The Province of Ontario announced a Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

All regions in the province of Ontario, which will include the region of Peterborough & the Kawarthas, will be placed into the grey-lockdown stage starting Boxing Day. The move will restrict non-essential retail and prohibit indoor dining right across the province starting on December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.

Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

More information can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant:

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. Each small business will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business. For example, some businesses will need support paying employee wages or rent, while others will need support maintaining their inventory.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Are required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 percent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

For all questions and concerns regarding what is open or closed call:

Provincial Helpline: 1-888-444-3659

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