Collingwood.Business Newsletter Update #15

July 14, 2020
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IN THIS ISSUE
•    Hot Topic 1: Simcoe Street Pedestrian Walkway Opens For One Day Pilot On July 25
•    Hot Topic 2: Nearly all Businesses and Public Spaces to Re-Open in Stage 3 July 17
•    Upcoming 'Ask An Expert' Sessions
•    News & Recent Updates
•    Upcoming Online Business Events
•    Top Three Webinars
•    Local Resources Available To Your Business

HOT TOPIC 1:
SIMCOE STREET PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY OPENS FOR ONE DAY PILOT ON JULY 25

Experience Collingwood through the car-free Simcoe Street Walkway for pedestrians on July 25 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  The pilot project will offer temporary road closure so that Simcoe Street businesses can expand patios and provide more outdoor space for merchandising.  Aligning with the Downtown Farmers’ Market, residents and visitors can explore and enjoy Downtown Collingwood while physically distancing.

This initiative is part of the recommendations that came forward from the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force as a way to assist businesses to get back on their feet with the hardships that many have faced during the COVID pandemic, and to provide a pedestrian walkway that is vehicle free within the Downtown.  Should the pilot be successful on July 25, the Saturday closure of Simcoe Street may continue through the month of August, and possibly into September.

Have a question about the coordination of or operations in closing the road, or interested in using the sidewalk and part of the road to expand a patio or provide merchandise for sale? Contact Clerk Services at clerk@collingwood.ca

HOT TOPIC 2:
NEARLY ALL BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SPACES TO RE-OPEN IN STAGE 3 ON JULY 17

Based on the announcement made by the Ontario government yesterday, nearly all businesses and public spaces in Collingwood will be able to reopen in Stage 3 of the province's Re-opening Framework as of July 17 at 12:01 a.m.  Public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions will remain in place.

New Gathering Limits: 

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people; Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people; Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.
  • Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events.

Additional sector specific details in the Re-Opening Framework include: 

  • High risk places and activities that are not yet safe to open (pg 5)
  • When gathering limits apply (pg 12)
  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities (pg 15)
  • Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres (pg 16)
  • Personal care services (pg 17)
  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs (pg 18)
  • Team Sports, Tour and Guide Service (pg 19)

Review the Framework

UPCOMING 'ASK AN EXPERT' SESSIONS

Ask an Expert: An Open Conversation on Supporting Mental Health
Date: July 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topic: Understanding and managing the impacts of COVID-19 on employee and employer mental health
Expert: Hayley Peek, Mental Health Consultant and co-founder of ‘Supporting Through Struggle™’

In this session: 
•    Managing employee stress regarding return to work
•    Supporting employees that are going back to work
•    Managing employee concerns about COVID-19 exposure
•    Addressing the impact of working from home and being isolated
•    How business owners/sole proprietors and organizational leaders can address their own mental health
•    Answer questions about mental health in the workplace

SAVE THE DATE: July 23 Ask an Expert: How to Talk to Customers in a Crisis.  
This 1 hour webinar will provide practical tips on how to market and communicate your business clearly and confidently while navigating these challenging times.

These sessions are part of the 'Ask an Expert' series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development in Collingwood.
  

Register for 'Ask An Expert' on July 16

NEWS AND RECENT UPDATES

•    LAST DAY! Your Collingwood Business REALLY Matters Annual Survey (Town of Collingwood)
•    Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3 on July 17 (Ontario.ca)
•    Mandatory Face Coverings in Public Places as of July 13
•    Get Back to Business Safely - 7 Step Checklist

UPCOMING ONLINE BUSINESS EVENTS

•    July 14:  Maximizing Your Online Advertising & Digital Marketing Budget*
•    July 16:  'Ask An Expert': An Open Conversation On Supporting Mental Health
•    July 16:  Expert in Residence: Your Business and SHOPIFY*
•    July 21:  Digital Shift Virtual Workshops for the Tourism Sector*
•    July 22:  Marketing 101: Boosting Your Online Visibility On A Shoestring Budget*
•    July 23:  SAVE THE DATE 'Ask An Expert': Communications during COVID-19
*These are 3rd party events not produced by the Business Development Centre or its partners. 

OUR TOP THREE WEBINARS

•    Ask An Expert: Legal Advice to Help Businesses Overcome the Pandemic
•    Ask An Expert:  COVID-19 Workplace and Business Safety in Simcoe Muskoka
•    Digital Shift: E-Commerce for Tourism*

*These are 3rd party events not produced by the Business Development Centre or its partners. 

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LOCAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOUR BUSINESS

The Business Development Centre in Downtown Collingwood is here to support and advise businesses during COVID-19.   We are here to answer questions, help make sense of new information coming from different levels of government and provide advice on how to manage through these challenging times. 
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