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LIVE: Ontario allowing some businesses to open May 4

Seasonal businesses and services, essential construction projects get green light to open Monday; Marinas, golf courses can prepare for season


Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that certain seasonal businesses and services will be permitted to open next week. 

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 and delivery only
  • Lawn care and landscaping
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only
  • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public
  • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed

Essential construction projects to open include:

  • shipping and logistics
  • broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure
  • any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services
  • municipal projects
  • colleges and universities
  • child care centres
  • schools
  • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development

The full media release from the province can be found here

Original story:

Premier Doug Ford is set to hold a press conference outside Queen's Park today.

Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to make the announcement at 1:00 p.m.

Village Media will carry the livestream.