March 23, 2020by Israel Foulon LLP
Since our March 20, 2020 E-Bulletin, there have been further important announcements of which employers should be aware (a few key details are listed below):
- On March 23, 2020, the Ontario government ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. in order to help prevent the spread of COVID- 19. The order will be effective for at least 14 days.
- The list of what constitutes essential and non-essential services and stores will be released Tuesday. The government has made clear that essential manufacturers, supply chain providers, supermarkets, pharmacies, the LCBO, and takeout restaurants will remain open.
- The Ontario has also announced that schools will not reopen on April 6, 2020, with further details to follow from the Minister of Education.
Given the exceptional and unprecedented situation, we expect further developments in the coming hours and days.
We will provide a further E-Buletin once the list of non-essential/essential business is provided. In the meantime, employers should immediately begin preparing for a temporary and possibly prolonged shutdown of their operations.
Israel Foulon’s Response to COVID-19
Israel Foulon is assessing the situation as it evolves, and is taking all necessary precautions within its workplace. However, please be aware that our offices remain open and are fully functioning. In the circumstances, we encourage our clients to contact us by phone and email to the extent possible. Voicemail messages left at our office phone numbers are immediately forwarded via email. All messages will be promptly responded to. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our clients and would be more than happy to assist you with concerns regarding COVID-19 or any other employment or labour matters.