Premier Doug Ford, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health provided an update regarding retail operations. The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pick-up and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners.
Beginning Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries
Saturday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same requirements as grocery stores and pharmacies. Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can provide curbside pick-up and delivery.
In addition to easing restrictions on retail, the government is also expanding essential construction to include below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and for existing above-grade projects to continue. This will help clear the way for the housing and the jobs our economy will need to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.