Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is pleased to see that, as of Friday, June 5th at 12:01 a.m., short-term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs were allowed to resume operations in Ontario.
“Our government is taking a measured approach to reopen businesses and resume activities across the province,” said Walker. “This decision follows additional actions the government has taken to support our provincial seasonal travel and tourism in Ontario, which includes the reopening of provincial parks for day use, the gradual reintroduction of backcountry camping at provincial parks and the reopening of marinas and golf course.”
“Expanding the availability of short-term accommodations is an important part of Ontario’s reopening,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Many people rely on the rental of these properties to supplement their income, and we know owners of these properties want to ensure a safe experience for their guests.”
The government’s responsible and measured approach to reopening allows business owners and service providers time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public. Operators must continue to follow occupational health and safety guidelines and follow the advice of public health officials.
“Ontario’s tourism industry contributes $36 billion to the economy and supports thousands of small businesses across the province,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Reopening short term accommodations will provide guests the opportunity to safely experience all that our province has to offer.”
Owners should consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests. Operators and guests should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently.
The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory has an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment.