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Coronavirus: Ontario businesses, workplaces currently open

The Ontario government allowed certain business and workplaces to reopen on May 4, as long as they comply with strict public health measures set out during the coronavirus pandemic. Some businesses permitted to start back up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.

Ford made the announcement at Queen's Park on Friday afternoon alongside Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli and Minister of Health Christine Elliott.


The following businesses with the proper health and safety guidelines, will be permitted to begin operations:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only.

  • Lawn care and landscaping.

  • Additional essential construction projects that 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; and site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development.

  • 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.

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