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COVID-19 & How It Affects Your Business

Posted On: Thursday, March 12, 2020

RTO (Regional Tourism Assoc.) Survey: RTO7 Requests Your Input on COVID-19 & How It Affects Your Business

 COVID-19 & How It Affects Your Business

Please click on this LINK to access the survey.  NOTE:  Choose “Region 7:  Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe” in response to Question #2 – Which region of Ontario do you operate in?


 
All RTOs will be sending this same survey to all of their stakeholders for whom they have contact information: tourism, culture, heritage, sport operators, festivals, DMOs, local governmental officials, etc.  We encourage all recipients to share the link.  
 
THIS SURVEY IS CRITICAL TO INFORMING THE MINISTRY OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE INDUSTRIES AND CABINET of the current situation within our region and across the province so that the ministry can develop a plan to address the effects of COVID-19 on your tourism business.    Please only complete the survey once – you may receive the survey from many sources, but please only complete the survey once.
 
PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, YOUR INFORMATION IS CRITICAL TO ENSURE THAT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY RECEIVES ASSISTANCE TO COMBAT THE EFFECTS ON YOUR BUSINESS TO WEATHER COVID-19.
 
Please find a new link below that addresses Mass Gatherings.
 
We will keep you further informed of major happenings as they become known to us.  Staying informed, applying and monitoring continuous sanitary practices in both the workplace and at home are important steps to weathering this difficult period of time.
 
RTO7, with support from the Provincial Government and their agencies and our many partners across the region, are committed to providing you, the stakeholders, with as much support as we can.
 
Mass Gatherings – provides information on “Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19”
 
Restaurants Canada  - provides an informational series on Actionable Resources and Posters for the Workplace.
 
WHO: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
TIAC: Coronavirus - Current situation
RTO7: RTO7's Coronavirus Update & Resources (great resource to share with small businesses & customer facing storefronts) 
Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update for Partners - #6
 
Staying informed is a positive step to keeping our tourism industry strong.  Please share these communications with your staff and peers.  We encourage you to recommend to your fellow stakeholders to subscribe to RTO7’s newsletter to ensure they receive these updates.  Visit RTO7.ca and click on “ARE YOU ON OUR MAILING LIST?  SIGN-UP”  or click on this link.
 
We will keep you informed as new and timely information becomes available.
Other Useful Links
Click the Date Link below to access prior Coronavirus communications from RTO7.
 
Prior Communications
Update 3
March 11, 2020
This communication is being sent in continuation of our updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  The sharing of information continues throughout the tourism community.  Please find following a series of links to new and past publications that are pertinent to the tourism and tourism related industries.
Read the full length communication HERE.
 
Update 2
March 5, 2020
 organizations have started sharing information and recommended practices to support businesses through this period.  We are sharing links to that information with you. Some of the information will apply to you and your operation directly and some will be peripheral in nature but useful to know.  
Read the full-length communication HERE.
 
Update 1
March 3, 2020
The Province of Ontario has set up a website that is updated twice daily with information on the Coronavirus in the province.  A useful resource for tourism operators, attractions, business owners and accommodators is this list posted on the provincial website, How to Protect Yourself
Read the full-length communication HERE.
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