MPP Donna Skelly - COVID-19 Newsletter: May 1

Published on May 01, 2020

Today, our government announced that it is allowing select businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

By following the proper health and safety guidelines these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up only;
  • Lawn care and landscaping;
  • Construction projects, including shipping and logistics, broadband and digital infrastructure, municipal and schools, as well as site preparation for institutional, commercial; industrial or residential development;
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
  • Car dealerships, open by appointment only; and
  • Marinas and golf courses will be permitted to begin preparing their operations for the season.

As we prepare for the gradual reopening of the provincial economy, our government has released new safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from the spread of COVID-19.

These measures will provide direction to those working in 65 different sectors of the provincial economy including manufacturing, food processing, restaurant and food service, tourism and agriculture. 

The province has hired 58 additional health and safety inspectors to add to the hundreds already working to protect Ontarians. We want workers to have confidence that the government will investigate if they feel unsafe on the job. 

I look forward to keeping you updated on our government’s response to this virus. 

Remember, ‘do your part and stay apart’. We will get through this together.

Donna Skelly, MPP



(905) 679-3770 

[email protected]  

Additional Resources

News Release: Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines  

News Release: Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Access new sector-specific guidelines and posters for employers on how to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 HERE.