Toronto and Peel have been heavily impacted by the pandemic, and workplace spread of the virus is impacting families, as essential workers are getting sick at work and are infecting their households. As a result, these regions are issuing orders to force businesses with five or more cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks to close.
This order is to take effect on Friday, April 23rd. Employers must be doing everything possible to prevent COVID-19 from getting into their workplace and spreading to their employees, otherwise they risk a lengthy shutdown and put all of their employees’ well-being in danger.
Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and cover their fixed costs, such as rent and insurance, while taking a negative impact on their revenues. Government assistance has emerged to help businesses pay for their rent, but many have had their fate put into the hands of their landlords to apply for the assistance. The new Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is being introduced to provide rent relief for businesses and allows these businesses to apply to the assistance directly as opposed to waiting for their landlords to do so.