South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Resources

South Georgian Bay Tourism remains open in the midst of Covid-19, and our staff and board members are vigilantly monitoring the evolving situation. Though our staff are taking precautions by working from home, we are here to assist the public by phone, messaging or email if you have any questions.

Support

For support and programs, please click the links below:

The province has launched a toll-free line (1-888-444-3659) to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

You know your business best so please help us to make it as up-to-date as possible. To create or edit a listing, send an email to ecdev@grey.ca.

Free Resources

Community: Webinars, Conference Calls, Surveys + More

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BusImpact

Important Updates

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MINISTER LISA MACLEOD TELE- TOWNHALL

March 26, 2020

Today Minister Lisa MacLeod announced a series of initiatives to industry stakeholders on a tele-townhall conference call. You can read the Minister’s statement below.

Statement from Minister MacLeod:

1.    I’ve re-purposed the Tourism Development Fund to the Tourism Development and Recovery Fund and increased the fund from $500,000 to $1.5 Million

2.    I’m working with industry partners on an online marketplace and town centre for all Ontarians to access concerts, art, digital gallery and museum tours and attraction prepurchases. I’ve made an initial investment of $150,000 to match community contributions to give musicians a platform to do concerts from the safety of their homes.

3.    Destination Ontario is actively working on a marketing program that will let the world know that when they are ready to travel and when we are a safe environment to accept them back, we will be ready.

4.    Our government will be allowing all licensed restaurants, bars and pubs to sell and deliver unopened alcohol at their establishments.

5.    We have provided lists of Hotels to MOH, MOLTC and MCCSS to be used in the event hospitals, LTC’s, VAW Centres need capacity due to social distancing. Yesterday’s economic statement earmarked $341 Million if this is required.

6.    For our film and tv industry we are revising regulations so we can allow contract and freelance workers to receive Ontario’s three refundable film and TV tax credits while at the same time working to streamline the time it takes to complete them.

7.    For our emerging artists, we are retooling our $7 Million Ontario Music Fund to get more money into your hands immediately during this crisis.

8.    As we know the Olympics have been postponed and many of our sport hosting events have been cancelled. Each year we invest $10 Million into our athletes through Quest for Gold and Sport Hosting events. Despite these postponements and cancellations this money will still be available.

9.   Celebrate, OAC, OCAF or Trillium Grant will flow even if events are forced to cancel. We will invest almost $200 Million in 2020.

10. Local libraries, community museums and our governments agencies and attractions will see their money flow very quickly so when it is safe to do so, they can open their doors again to the public!

 

Updates

The Province of Ontario has set up a website that is updated twice daily with information on COVID-19 in the province.

How to Help Prevent the Spread

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

In addition, here are recommendations for communicating about the virus:

  • Disclose information honestly when questioned by visitors and customers
  • Share the above list with family, friends, your staff and visitors
  • Refer visitors to the Province of Ontario website for updates from the Ministry of Health
  • At this stage there are many unknowns about the virus and as such we recommend that your promotions, advertising and communications DO NOT promote that it is a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) safe region to travel to or that it is safer in BruceGreySimcoe than somewhere else.  Continue promoting all the positive attributes about your attractions, accommodation or activity.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS & PRIOR RTO7 COMMUNICATIONS

How To Help Support Local Businesses

We have created a resource for those looking to help support local businesses, especially during this time. Click here for the full list or visit our Instagram highlights.

 

Collaborate With South Georgian Bay Businesses

For a list of businesses in South Georgian Bay open to collaborations with other businesses and individuals, please click here.

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