The Ontario Provincial Government is re-opening the province.
As Ontario moves through three stages of re-opening, more and more businesses will be allowed to open. Read more about the re-opening of Ontario.
As of July 17, the province of Ontario has entered into Stage 3 with a regional approach based on public health criteria from regional public health units. Grey-Bruce is one of many regions approved by the provincial Government to enter Phase 3. Read more about Stage 3, which regions are approved for re-opening and which businesses are included.
While Stage 3 businesses and workplaces are open, dates and approaches may vary based on each community's local needs and the ability of each business or service to meet workplace safety guidelines and public health advice. Some municipalities and local medical officers of health have exercised their right to add more restrictions or requirements, such as mandatory face coverings in commercial establishments and in indoor public spaces. Check the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit webpage for more information. With this approach, Stage 3 can be a success.
Chamber member businesses and their employees are encouraged to connect with Kimberley Inniss-Petersen, Executive Director, for more information on what Stage 3 means for your business. Call 519-832-2332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is strength in numbers, and we are in this together.
Most businesses within Saugeen Shores have reopened in some capacity. We recommend contacting businesses directly for their hours and operations. You can access contact info through our online directory or via the business directory on visitsaugeenshores.ca.
You should also check out GBHStrong to find ways to support your favourite businesses Grey, Bruce and Huron counties.
Click here for GBHStrong.
The Town of Saugeen Shores encourages all residents to visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 for accurate information and resources from our community.
The Town of Saugeen Shores has also put together some helpful information for local businesses! Visit www.saugeenshores.ca/en/invest-and-plan/saugeen-shores-strong for details and use #SaugeenShoresStrong when you’re updating the public on availability, new practices, and any closures.
Businesses can also contact:
Economic Development Officer,
519-832-2008 Ext. 106
Town of Saugeen Shores Issues State of Emergency March 24
Watch the Mayor's announcement here.
Read more about what this declaration means for our municipality here.
Find Federal support for businesses here.
REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND
Small businesses are at the heart of our economy and many are vital to this community. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in uncertainty and anxiety for businesses and their employees. This is where the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) comes in. On May 13, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that southern Ontario businesses that can apply for RRRF. In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario is working with key partners such as the Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across the region to help businesses during these difficult times.
Read about more details here.
GUIDELINES FOR PREVENTING COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE
The Ministry of Labour has released safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. Find more information HERE.
Anyone in our area can call 211 Ontario for free anytime for information and referrals for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario, call 211 or 1-877-330-3213. Live web chat is also available.
In Crisis? Call the Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce at 1-877-470-5200. This line is staffed by trained volunteers, and is available to help serve people in distress or crisis. Staff are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.