Following recent advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health earlier today, the Ontario Government updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The list of essential workplaces released today still covers manufacturing that would include paint and coatings as well as member retail operations related to maintenance and repair, construction projects and services, and the support provided to other essential businesses within supply chains, including vehicle equipment, repair and maintenance. These are addressed in the sections as noted below extracted from the formal list attached:
Maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.
Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers, (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer), regardless of whether those other manufacturers are inside or outside of Ontario, together with businesses that support and facilitate the movement of goods within integrated North American and global supply chains.
Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services within Ontario, or that supply businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario, with the support, products, supplies, systems, or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery, and maintenance necessary to operate.
Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services.
For full details on the list of essential services as noted above, please consult the Ontario government website.