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ORHMA Launches COVID-19 Website for Hospitality Industry

ORHMA has been actively monitoring the coronavirus spread right from the beginning and we have provided safety measures to many organizations and we are committed to continuing to do so. We remain committed to continue providing resources for employers but also for employees and the guests who frequent our establishments. We are ready for you to lean on us and respond to your needs in these unprecedented times.  This is why ORHMA has launched a dedicated website for our members in order to access information that will help your operations during this pandemic. This website includes information on the virus, its symptoms and treatments, employment law information, complimentary webinars and more. Click here to view ORHMA’s dedicated COVID-19 in the Hospitality Industry Resource Site. 


COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATES

Hospitality Industry Resources In Response to COVID-19

ORHMA has prepared a robust list of relief options that has been offered by provincial and federal levels of government in order to provide support to businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We understand there are many hospitality businesses not able to take advantage of the first stage of relief announced by governments. Others have and we thank our governments for their support…it’s a good start. These pronouncements have been designed to provide time for many in a cash flow managed industry. Deferring expenses is working but only for the short term.  ORHMA will continue updating members on relief options available. For more information, click here.  


Using Hotels As Alternate Health Spaces

The Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC), and Ontario Health (OH) has been asked by a variety of stakeholders, including ORHMA, about the use of alternate health spaces to assist in hospital COVID-19 strategies. These inquiries have included questions related to spaces such as hotels and retirement homes.  This guidance should not be considered mandatory requirements. It is designed to offer suggestions and advice to help hospital decision-making in creating additional capacity and related implementation.  Further guidance related to other alternate care facilities such as field hospitals and conference centres will be made available shortly.

For further information, download the Guidance Document.

For those hotels interested on hospital related business whether you are a member or not with us, email info@orhma.com with your full contact information so that we can connect you with a hospital or health centre.



Ontario Allows Beer, Wine & Spirits To Be Sold with Take-Out & Delivery Orders  
When the provincial government declared a state of emergency in Ontario and ordered the immediate closure of bars and restaurants, except those offering take-out or delivery, ORHMA immediately advocated to enhance consumer choice to allow restaurants to sell beer, wine and spirits for home consumption as the mandated closures created a level of unfairness for restaurants and foodservice operators. Our voice was heard and the provincial government has announced that bars and restaurants who offer take-out or delivery services are temporarily permitted to include the sale of beer, wine and spirits with their orders. Effective immediately, licensed restaurants and bars in Ontario may sell alcohol with food take-out and delivery orders between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm. All active liquor licensees may immediately begin offering this service if they choose and there is no application process or fee required. Liquor may be sold for take-out or delivery through a third party, such as a food delivery service or ordering platform, provided they are acting on behalf of the licensee. Read more.

Ontario Announces 2020 Fiscal Update with First Stage of Relief for Businesses

On March 25th, 2020, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the province's 2020 economic and fiscal update. The contents of the fiscal update are focused mainly on the province's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario's economic update supports health funding and also offers relief for the people of Ontario, employers and employees. The provincial government has committed funding for the following initiatives:
  • $17 billion to its COVID-19 response
  • $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals
  • $3.3 billion to support the health care system
  • $3.7 billion in direct support for people and jobs
On behalf of Ontario's hospitality industry, ORHMA lobbied for relief for businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. A $1.3 billion contingency fund has been included in the 2020 fiscal update for business support. Read more.

ORHMA Submits List of Pandemic Relief Recommendations ORHMA is turning to government and has prepared a list of recommended initiatives to support hospitality businesses both now and once this global pandemic has passed. We will continue to communicate with you, our members, with updates and outreach and will continue to advocate on your behalf. We recognize these are unsettling times and we want you to know that we care about your safety and business well-being. It is our first priority. For a full list of Pandemic Relief Recommendations, click here.
Federal Government Announces an $82 Billion Support Package

The Prime Minister also announced $82 billion in additional support measures. This includes $27 billion in direct support to workers and businesses, and $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of businesses and households to stabilize the economy through tax deferrals.  To read Canada's full Economic Response Plan, click here.


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