South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Resources

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.  To learn more about the association please click  HERE.

LAST UPDATED: February 26th


What You Need to Know Before Re-Opening Your Business After the Provincewide Shutdown

Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework must implement active screening of patrons in certain zones. Please refer to What each zone means for information on how this may apply to your business or sector.

Workplaces were already required to screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment.

The following screening tools have been updated to further align with current advice as well as return to the Framework:

  • The COVID-19 worker and employee screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF.
  • The COVID -19 customer and patron screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF.

Additionally, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has developed COVID-19 signage questions to support the new requirement for signage to be posted at all entrances for passive screening before entering a business or organization.

As of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health and the Grey Bruce Health Units move back to the framework and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.

Simcoe-Muskoka moves to the “Red-Control” zone, while Grey-Bruce moves to the “Yellow-Protect” zone.

Read the full Ontario government News Release HERE

In follow-up to the Provincial announcement on February 9th, our teams are preparing to reopen Blue Mountain Resort and the Village once the stay-at-home order for our region has been lifted. 

Until then the current restrictions remain in place and includes a stay-at-home order.

In compliance with the current provincial shutdown measures, Blue Mountain Village will be closed to out of region visitors.  The Village remains open to our local community for pre-arranged curbside shopping, restaurant take-out and in-person essential grocery shopping at Village Market.   Parking will be limited to Lot #2.

In addition, our hotel and lodging members are closed to visitors and all attractions are suspended until further notice.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back as of Tuesday, February 16.  

In follow-up to the Provincial announcement this afternoon, our team is preparing to reopen Blue Mountain once the stay-at-home order for our region has been lifted. We look forward to welcoming skiers and riders back to the slopes as of Tuesday, February 16.

As we countdown the days until the lifts turn again, we do so with an appreciation of the hard work and commitment that has gone into making this possible. We know you have lots of questions and our teams are diligently working to review the announcement details and share updates with you. Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

We’ll see you on the slopes soon!
Be Safe. Be Kind. Have Fun.

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Date:     Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time:    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Welcome and Google My Business presentation

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Questions & Answers

Register Here to participate. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your confirmation will include a webinar link.


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Business Support

For support and programs, please click the links below:

COVID-19 Business Reopening Guidebook. – Download the Business Reopening Guidebook

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.

Did you know?

  • Google My Business is free
  • You can promote your Business Profile and business website on Google Search and Maps
  • You can see and connect with your customers
  • You can post updates to your Business Profile, including photos you choose to share
  • You can see how customers interact with your business on Google

Create or update your Google My Business profile now.

RTO7 is ready to go with its newest program, the Operations Implementation Program (OIP).  This program was created as part of RTO7’s 2020/21 COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan to assist and support the tourism operators in BruceGreySimcoe during recovery from the effects of COVID-19 on their business.

How does OIP work?  RTO7 will match an operator’s investment in operational expenses with $1,000 (includes HST) for a social media campaign to promote the tourism business.  Eligible operational expenses include mortgage payments, rent, insurance, inventory purchases, etc.  Proof of payment must be submitted with your final report and note that RTO7 covers the additional agency fees.

The setting up of the social media campaign will be actioned now to ensure your tourism business is ready to be advertised at the appropriate time.

For detailed information on the program, visit the Operations Implementation Program page on

Have questions? Contact Amanda, /  226-568-0242 or Kim, / 519-379-2506

Ontario Tourism Summit 2020
Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever virtual Tourism Summit taking place October 27 to 28, 2020.  For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the TIAO website.

Free Resources

PPE COVID-19 Recovery Funds Round 2

Eligibility Requirements Expanded

October 14, 2020

RTO7 is pleased to Introduce Round 2 of our PPE Recovery funding for tourism operators and businesses in BruceGreySimcoe.  We understand it’s been a challenging and busy time for our businesses so you may not yet have applied for these funds.  We encourage you to APPLY NOW!

How it works:
RTO7 will reimburse a maximum of $1,000 pre-tax towards your purchase of PPE (defined as masks, sanitizer, shields, costs incurred to adhere to social distancing, touchless payments, new technology, increased cleaning, sanitization, etc.), retroactive to April 1, 2020.

Consumer Confidence Videos

Working with our Agency of Record, H-Visual Media, RTO7 has committed $135,000 to produce 45 Consumer Confidence Videos with matching advertising videos for 45 tourism operators in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties (15 from each county).  To participate, operators must provide proof of $1500 in operational expenses (i.e. copies of receipts) to leverage this FREE opportunity (which has a value of $3000).
Note:  Receipts submitted cannot be the same as those used in other RTO7 assistance programs.

Have questions?  Email


Cash Flow & Expense Management – Covid 19 – Small Business 

Municipal Provincial Federal Support – Covid 19 – Small Business 

Government Support – Wage Subsidy CEWS – Covid 19 – Small Business 

Government Support – CEBA – Covid 19 – Small Business 

Human Resources – HS ROE EI – Covid 19 – Small Business 

Human Resources – CERB – Covid 19 – Small Business 

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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.


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.


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