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A Further Update on COVID-19

April 3, 2020
by Israel Foulon LLP


Since our April 1, 2020 E-Bulletin, there have been further important announcements of which employers should be aware (a few key details are listed below):

  • The Ontario government announced a revised list of essential businesses on April 3, 2020, with the list dropping from 74 to 44 essential businesses.
    • All businesses that are now non-essential must shutdown effective 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The shutdown will be for at least fourteen (14) days.
    • The revised list of essential businesses can be accessed by clicking HERE.
    • Among other things, industrial construction will cease and only essential infrastructure- related projects will proceed. No new residential construction will take place under the order. However, residential projects near completion will be allowed to continue. Retail cannabis outlets will also be forced to close (although people can still order from the province’s online store).
    • Employers may call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 or contact us for specific legal advice if they have any questions.
    • Teleworking and online commerce continue to be permitted at all times for all businesses.

Given the exceptional and unprecedented situation, we expect further developments in the coming hours and days.

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. To slow the spread of COVID-19 and for the health of our team and clients, absent extraordinary circumstances we are working remotely until further notice whenever possible. 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.

Legal Disclaimer

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice, which in all circumstances must be tailored to the specific facts of any problem. You should obtain a proper legal consultation in order to determine how this article applies to your specific situation. Please feel free to contact Israel Foulon LLP to learn more at 416-640-1550.