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


March 19, 2020
 
Important Update - Federal COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Yesterday, the government of Canada announced support for workers and businesses. Please see the statement from the Prime Minister here and the details from Department of Finance Canada here. The announcement included:

Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents

For Canadians without paid sick leave (or similar workplace accommodation) who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children, the Government is:
  • Waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits. This temporary measure is in effect as of March 15, 2020.
  • Waiving the requirement to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
  • Introducing the Emergency Care Benefit providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:
    • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
    • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not quality for EI sickness benefits.
    • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.
Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:
  1. by accessing it on their CRA MyAccount secure portal;
  2. by accessing it from their secure My Service Canada Account; or
  3. by calling a toll free number equipped with an automated application process.

Canadian Banks move to help customers allow deferral of mortgage payments, please contact your bank for more information.
 
NOW MORE THAN EVER YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED

The survey that is linked here is to provide data to the Ministry regarding losses of business and revenue.  The information will be aggregated so there will be no way to tell the origin of the data.  

WITHOUT THIS DATA the province cannot adequately determine the amount of financial support needed by the tourism operators in the region. It is imperative for you to complete the survey by 8 am on Monday, March 23, 2020.  

PLEASE CLICK on this LINK to access the survey.  NOTE:  Choose “Region 7:  Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe” in response to Question #2 – Which region of Ontario do you operate in?

SURVEY CLOSES AT 8 AM (ET) ON MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

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.
 
TIAO -  2.0 COVID 19 Impact on Ontario Tourism Operations survey March 18 to March 23, 2020 closing at 8:00 a.m.
 
Ontario Enact Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
 
Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians
 
Social Distancing – provides 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
 
Survey 2.0
March 18, 2020

NOW MORE THAN EVER YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED.  

The survey that is linked here is to provide data to the Ministry regarding losses of business and revenue.  The information will be aggregated so there will be no way to tell the origin of the data.  Read the full-length communication HERE
 
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.  Read the full-length communication HERE
 
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 being sent out, please click on this link to access the survey (Note: This survey is now closed).  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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