May 01, 2020
By Jane Brown
We are starting to learn of the sector-specific guidelines Ontario businesses need to consider before reopening.
“I want companies to start getting ready,” Premier Doug Ford said Thursday afternoon, “We’re getting close, I’m giving you hope, get ready.”
Premier Doug Ford has released 60 recommendations on how to be ready for when public health experts give the green light.
“We have to make sure that we’re prepared…Minister McNaughton has been working on these guidelines over the last couple of weeks knowing the days going to come, but we can’t just throw out the guidelines and expect people to open up overnight,” the premier went on to say.
Some of the guidelines call for a limited number of people at one time inside retail stores, minimizing or eliminating the handling of cash, and in hospitality settings replacing buffets with packaged food stations.
Mayor John Tory agrees with this approach, because “getting ready” doesn’t happen in a matter of a day.
“We’re all trying to convey a sense of optimism but at the same time, I certainly try to continue to send out a tone of realism so that we won’t take our foot of the gas,” Tory explained on Friday morning, “We’ve just got to keep working here at this social distancing so that we really do wrestle this virus to the ground and turn those numbers sharply down which is what everybody says we need to do.”