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March 31, 2020

The following is designed to guide local businesses and community members to resource links. 

Stage 3 - Reopening
Yesterday(July 13th), the Province of Ontario announced that our region will be starting Stage 3 of reopening on Friday, July 17th.

As part of Stage 3, Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place.

The province says it will allow indoor gatherings of up to 50 people in Stage 3 and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. However, according to the plan, physical distancing remains a requirement for all people who are not from the same household or established social circle. 

Activities NOT able to reopen as part of Stage 3 due to the risk of COVID-19 include:
• Amusement parks and water parks
• Buffet-style food services
• Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
• Overnight stays at camps for children
• Private karaoke rooms
• Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
• Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
• Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

For further details, visit
For 'A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3' click HERE.


Where to get supplies: Downtown Sudbury has ordered Posters, Window Clings and Floor Decals to distribute to our downtown businesses. Please let Brian know what you would like and how many.( / 705-674-5115) As well as to arrange when to pick these supplies up from our office.

Along with this endeavour, we have purchased branded masks. A limited number of Downtown Sudbury masks will be available for yourself and your employees. Please let us know how many you would like(max 3) - these will be first come, first served.

in the meantime check out this listing of where you can purchase these supplies locally.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts: for the most credible, local information, including how to prevent spread, how to monitor your health, and what to do if you think you are sick.

City of Greater Sudbury: for updates on local public services.

The City of Greater Sudbury's Economic Development Division has launched an Economic Recovery Hotline to help local businesses through the challenges associated with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Through this hotline, Economic Development staff will help businesses navigate through the new information and programs emerging to assist them through these difficult times.
The hotline will operate Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30. The number to call is 705-690-9937 or email
Callers will also be encouraged to visit the City's Economic Recovery website for more information on the various programs and initiatives: HERE

The Regional Business Centre
The Regional Business Centre has a new video series where you will hear from industry leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to get information and support to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis.
Watch this series on The Regional Business Centre's Youtube Channel
The Regional Business Centre plans on releasing more as part of this series, so be sure to follow their Facebook Page.

Greater Sudbury Police Service
-BEAR Unit (Break, Enter and Robbery) continues to actively investigate the recent property crimes in the Downtown.
-CMU/CRU officers continue to conduct foot patrols in the Downtown as often as possible from an operational standpoint.
-The bike patrol program is expected to start sooner than previously planned as yet another patrol option, although this option is subject to the weather cooperating.

Although closed, business owners should check on their businesses regularly. Businesses that appear neglected can become targeted by thieves and vandals.

Tips for business owners shutting down for the next 14 days:
* Do a thorough cleaning of windows and floors and log when it was done so that investigators will have a timeline to work with if a break-in happens
* Remove all valuables from storefront displays
* Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
* Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up to date
* Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises
* Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
* Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry
* Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
* Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
* Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on — consider motion sensor lights as another option
* Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
* Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times

If you are a business owner and have experienced a break and enter to your business, call 705-675-9171.

If you are a business owner and have noticed vandalism to your business (i.e. broken window) please report it online: HERE

If community members witness suspicious persons or activity around closed businesses, please contact Police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS.

For a crime in progress, call 911.


Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

OBIAA Newsletter: The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association has a FANTASTIC newsletter chalk full of resources and information for small businesses in Ontario.

Liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout or delivery along with food!!

Digital Main Street is a program created and run by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. Digital Main Street is offering free online workshops.

WSIB financial relief package


Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19

Employment Insurance and Labour and Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre List of Known COVID-19 Scams

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): The benefit will provide $2000 / month for the next four months for workers who are not getting a paycheque because of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Persons who have lost their job due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are contract workers who can no longer work due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are Self employed who can no longer work due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are sick or in quarentene and not recieveing a slaary due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are looking after someone who is ill due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are looking after children or parents due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are employed but are not receiveing a an income due to COVID-19

A application portal will be launched very soon, and applicants will recieve funding within 10-days of applying. CERB payments will be issued every four weeks, and will be available from March 15, 2020 to Oct. 3, 2020.