The Premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency and issued a stay-at-home order in response to rising COVID-19 variant infection rates.
Thu, 18 Jun 2020
The much anticipated reopening of additional businesses in Oakville starts tomorrow as Halton Region officially enters Stage 2 of the province’s reopening framework. Local businesses have been busy implementing measures to welcome patrons back in a way that protects the health and safety of residents and staff.
“Through the Mayor’s Economic Task Force, we launched a patio program, implemented free parking in municipal lots and on-street parking in commercial districts, deferred property tax payments for local businesses, extended business licenses that required renewal and advocated on behalf of local businesses to support the economic recovery and town-wide reopening of commercial businesses in a practical and safe manner,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Like our businesses, the town has been actively preparing our commercial districts for the lifting of provincial restrictions. I encourage residents to support local businesses in a safe and responsible way.”
Reopening timelines coincide with the start of patio season, and with over 50 patio applications received through the town’s new 2020 Patio Program, residents will have plenty of options to enjoy outdoor dining, safely.
Stage 2 also sees the long-awaited reopening of hair salons and barber shops, shopping malls and markets. Visit the province’s Reopening Ontario web page for a full listing of the businesses permitted to open under Stage 2.
While given the green light to reopen by the province, individual businesses listed under Stage 2 may have their own timelines, modified hours and guidelines, such as reservation-only for patios. Residents are encouraged to contact individual businesses for specific details.
Residents are also reminded to continue to follow proper health precautions, including the use of face coverings, hand sanitizer, and practicing physical distancing.
For more information on Mayor’s Economic Task Force and initiatives to support local business, visit the Invest Oakville website.
The Town of Oakville has a comprehensive recovery process in place that aligns with the Province’s gradual phased-in approach. Learn more about the town’s COVID-19 Recovery Program Framework. For more information on the town’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Information page or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.