Lockdown and the new variant of coronavirus have affected small businesses in Canada’s largest province. The car industry is not exclusive either. Therefore, all industries should switch to remote work to the greatest extent possible.
To combat the crisis, Premier Jason Kenney announced he is restricting non-essential businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, recreation centers, libraries, theaters, and service providers.
For your car lease takeover, you need to stop by a car dealership? But wait. It is better to call them first and make sure if they are open or their work schedule may be alerted during the lockdown.
Under the restrictions, car dealerships are allowed to have in-person shopping by appointment only and other safety restrictions. Car leasing companies should make every effort to support their customers in the most convenient way.
Coronavirus; Ontario’s province-wide lockdown
Ontario’s shutdown began at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 26 until at least Jan. 23, 2021, for all regions in southern Ontario. However, it will be lifted for northern Ontario on Jan. 9.
These impacts have been evaluated for 14 days in Northern Ontario and 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine whether it is safe to lift any restrictions or it needs to be extended.
Mayor John Tory thanked Premier Doug Ford on Monday afternoon for ordering the Ontario-wide lockdown concerning the health of residents.
As the restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Windsor-Essex, and Hamilton, would remain in place, the new rules have not looked much different than what it was, only a few minor changes.
As Ontario entered a second province-wide shutdown on Boxing Day, more restrictions have been tightened on gatherings and closure of non-essential small businesses. In-person shopping in most retail settings has been prohibited – curbside pickup and delivery is allowed; subject to social distancing and face-covering requirements.
Quebec, neighboring Ontario, that reintroduced tougher measures at the start of the holiday season is cracking down on private gatherings for the vast majority of Quebecers between Dec. 17 and Jan. 10.
Rules and restrictions in Ontario’s lockdown
Under the new rules:
No indoor gatherings are allowed during the lockdown.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and must comply with social distancing rules.
All public and private elementary and secondary schools switched to teacher-led remote learning.
Restaurants, night clubs, strip clubs, and other food and drink establishments can only provide takeout, drive-thru, and delivery.
All indoor and outdoor sports such as ski hills, motorsports, and recreational fitness facilities are closed.
Amusement parks and water parks, day camps for children are to be shut down.
Lockdown is announced to prevent the spreading of coronavirus and save lives. The province tries to curb rising COVID-19 case numbers.
The government is asking people not to leave home unless it is essential. Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
Stay home as the world waits for the vaccine to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.
Share if your business has been affected by the lockdown.