Town of Orangeville supports re-opening efforts of local businesses

As the Ontario economy begins to re-open, more businesses are being permitted to resume operations and welcome customers back. The Town of Orangeville has launched two new online resources to support local businesses as they prepare to safely open their doors.

The Orangeville Business Resiliency Map is a new online resource that aims to help promote businesses that are operating in the community. All businesses located in Orangeville are invited to participate. Each online listing includes contact details along with information about hours and any preventative measures that may be in place. Availability of delivery and curbside pick-up can also be provided. Submitting a business listing is an easy process that doesn’t require registration. Business owners can simply fill out the online form found at orangevillebusiness.ca/business-resiliency-map/. Pending approval, submissions will be published within 48 hours and will then be available for viewing by customers. A listing in Orangeville’s Business Resiliency Map is an easy way for local businesses to promote when they are open and share how they are operating with the community.

The Town of Orangeville has also created an online directory of local companies that can provide supplies that may be needed by businesses to open safely. These requirements may include personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and shields. Signage, floor decals and barriers may be needed to direct customers and protect employees. Specific disinfectant and sanitation products may be necessary when implementing enhanced cleaning protocols. The listing can be found at orangevillebusiness.ca/ppe-suppliers. If your business supplies any of these products and you would like to be added to the listing, please contact [email protected].

“While many business owners may greet the opportunity to re-open with anticipation and relief, careful preparation is also required,” says Ruth Phillips, Manager of Economic Development and Culture at the Town of Orangeville. “Our intention with these online tools is provide helpful resources to support our local business community as it navigates through COVID-19.”

It is recommended that all businesses review the guidelines and sector-specific requirements established by the Province of Ontario before re-opening. These guidelines, found at www.ontario.ca, are intended to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and help businesses determine what procedures to implement.

For support in determining re-opening requirements for your business, please contact the Town of Orangeville’s Economic Development and Culture office at [email protected]