The provincial government announced today that as of Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m, these businesses will be allowed to begin their operations again:
- Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
- Lawn care and landscaping;
- Additional essential construction projects that include:
- shipping and logistics;
- broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
- any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
- municipal projects;
- colleges and universities;
- child care centres;
- schools; and
- site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
- Automatic and self-serve car washes;
- Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
- Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
- Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.
Again, our caucus has called on the government to provide clear rules, not simply guidelines, to ensure peoples' lives are not put at risk.
We are calling on the Labour Minister to strengthen protections for workers who refuse to do unsafe work -- as reported by the Toronto Star, over 200 workers fearful of contracting COVID-19 at their workplace filed work refusals, yet the Ministry of Labour has not upheld a single one.
We are also reiterating our call for the Government to take urgent actions to protect Ontarians with disabilities and ensure they get through the pandemic safely, including a plan to conduct in-home testing for people with disabilities, and ensuring home care workers have proper PPE.
As there is only one Service Ontario location in Windsor currently open, they are experiencing a high volume of inquiries, and as such, they have had to take certain measures in order to provide service in a safe manner and are asking for the public’s patience. Please note that if you plan to visit the Service Ontario location at 400 City Hall Square, you should first check this website to see if they are open. When you arrive, they will verify the reason for your visit and ensure that you have all of the appropriate documents. They will then issue you a time that you can safely return to the location to complete the service you require. If you can avoid visiting Service Ontario in person, we encourage you to do so. Remember that you can renew your license plate stickers online, as well as your OHIP Card and Driver’s License provided that the picture on your card is not more than 10 years old. Also, the deadline for renewals has been extended until further notice. To renew your stickers, OHIP card, or Driver’s License, please visit the above link.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported ten new cases today, which brings the total amount to 604 cases. Between 10 to 12 percent of these cases require hospital care. Thankfully, there have been no new deaths. Dr. Ahmed, Windsor-Essex County’s Medical Officer of Health, has noted that there has been a decline in community transmission, and he attributes this to the physical distancing measures that have been in place.
It is going to be a beautiful weekend. While it is great to enjoy the nice weather, I encourage everyone to continue practicing physical distancing, washing your hands, and listening to the public health experts. We will get through this!