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RTO7's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update & Resources


UPDATE #6:  March 17, 2020
 
We all know that this is a very fluid situation, that information changes often and we endeavour to continue to provide access to that information. Please keep in mind that sometimes it changes within hours.  Please stay informed by linking with Federal and Provincial announcements to facilitate your planning and reactions.

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families. Read the full News Release.
 
Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided direction on enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians for COVID-19 regarding:
  • Additional Closures
  • IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER
  • If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days,  and If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19.
Important Update - Clarification on Return from Travel
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided clarification for Ontarians who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. If you have travelled and are not a healthcare worker or another essential service worker, you are asked to self-isolate for 14 days since your arrival in Canada. People who are self-isolating should not go to work. Workers who have travelled and are part of workplaces that are essential to daily living are able to return to work as long as they are asymptomatic. However, they should self-monitor for a period 14 days and identify themselves to their employer so that a plan can be put into place to ensure the protection of those workers. 
 
We are leaving the information below from yesterday’s update,  Update 5, in today’s update to facilitate your ease in finding information to help you navigate information to plan your business’s response.  We also want to reinforce that the need for Social Distancing is paramount to combatting the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate early recovery actions to help you get back up and running.  
 
 
A Special Presentation: Dealing With the Coronavirus 
What to do immediately to help save your tourism industry, and
downtown businesses


 
Wednesday 18, March 2020 - 11:30 am Eastern Time
In this online workshop Roger Brooks will be offering ideas that can still encourage travel while implementing “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” procedures, ways to shift your tourism marketing to help you weather the storm, what downtowns (and downtown businesses) can do to survive, and programs coming online to help small businesses that make up the bulk of our tourism-industry providers and downtown businesses. 
Register for this special emergency presentation by Roger Brooks today!
 

Update 5:  March 16, 2020
 
Knowledge is very important right now. RTO7 is working to gather information from only three sources to ensure that what we are sharing is accurate and up to date.  We source:
  • W.H.O. – World Health Organization
  • Government of Canada Health agencies
  • Province of Ontario Health agencies
The information we share in summaries are meant to give you a head start. Please do not rely on the summaries as the ‘be all and end all’ of information; use the links to stay informed and to share.
 
We will also try not to share information that is not needed right now to help stop the spread of COVID-19 unless the information is time sensitive.  Later, we will shift to information that you will need to understand about recovery assistance when it becomes available.
 
RTO7 is in touch weekly with the Minister and daily with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries.  We have provided input on the current situation around the region and we have been providing input along with our many peers throughout the industry on recovery strategies. Through TIAO, RTO7 has provided input for the Federal response as well.  RTO7 and all of our partners throughout the region and province are working to assist you in your recovery.


Social distancing
What is Social Distancing?

You should minimize exposure to others – avoid social practices such as shaking hands, hugging or other greetings that involve touching – as well as maintaining an expanded personal space (2 meters - 6 feet distance).
 
Avoid crowded areas such as pubs, restaurants, shopping malls and other such areas. If you do need to visit a public space, avoid congregating closely with others and limit your time spent in the space. Wash your hands when leaving.
 
Do not travel (personal or business related). Avoid airplanes, cruise ships, trains and buses.
 
If you must use public transit – limit usage, maintain expanded personal space and wash your hands after using.
 
Consciously reduce the frequency of touching your face (we touch our faces 2,000 to 3,000 times a day).
 
Be vigilant with personal hygiene – hand washing, hand washing, hand washing.
 
Please find a new link below that addresses Social Distancing.
 
We will keep you informed of further major happenings as they become known.  Staying informed, applying and monitoring continuous sanitary practices in both the workplace and at home are important steps to weathering this difficult period of time.
 
RTO7, with support from the Provincial Government and their agencies and our many partners across the region, are committed to providing you, the stakeholders, with as much support as we can.
 
Social Distancing – provide information on Social Distancing measures
 
Mass Gatherings – provides information Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19
 
Restaurants Canada  - provides an informational series on Actionable Resources and Posters for the Workplace.
 
WHO: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
TIAC:  Coronavirus - Current situation
RTO7: RTO7's Coronavirus Update & Resources (great resource to share with small businesses & customer facing storefronts) 
Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update for Partners - #6
 
Staying informed is a positive step to keeping our tourism industry strong.  Please share these communications with your staff and peers.  We encourage you to recommend to your fellow stakeholders to subscribe to RTO7’s newsletter to ensure they receive these updates.  Visit RTO7.ca and click on “ARE YOU ON OUR MAILING LIST?  SIGN-UP”  or click on this link.
 
We will keep you informed as new and timely information becomes available.
Other Useful Links Click the Date Link below to access prior Coronavirus communications from RTO7.
 
Prior Communications
 
Update 5
March 16, 2020
Knowledge is very important right now. RTO7 is working to gather information from only three sources to ensure that what we are sharing is accurate and up to date.  We source:
  • W.H.O. – World Health Organization
  • Government of Canada Health agencies
  • Province of Ontario Health agencies
The information we share in summaries are meant to give you a head start. Please do not rely on the summaries as the ‘be all and end all’ of information; use the links to stay informed and to share.
Read the full length communication HERE
 
Update 4
March 12, 2020
Yesterday in our update we alerted you to a survey (note:  survey is now closed) being sent out, please click on this link to access the survey.  All RTOs will be sending this same survey to all of their stakeholders that they have contact information for: tourism, culture, heritage, sport operators, DMOs, festivals and events, local governmental officials, etc. 
Read the full length communication HERE
 
Update 3
March 11, 2020
This communication is being sent in continuation of our updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  The sharing of information continues throughout the tourism community.  Please find following a series of links to new and past publications that are pertinent to the tourism and tourism related industries.
Read the full length communication HERE
 
Update 2
March 5, 2020
 organizations have started sharing information and recommended practices to support businesses through this period.  We are sharing links to that information with you. Some of the information will apply to you and your operation directly and some will be peripheral in nature but useful to know.  
Read the full-length communication HERE.
 
Update 1
March 3, 2020
The Province of Ontario has set up a website that is updated daily with information on the Coronavirus in the province.  A useful resource for tourism operators, attractions, business owners and accommodators is this list posted on the provincial website, How to Protect Yourself
Read the full-length communication HERE.
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