Ontario Takes First Small Steps To Letting Dealers Reopen

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The Ontario government is allowing auto dealers to begin slowly reopening their sales showrooms.

The reopening of showrooms will be by appointment only, and those that do must follow strict guidelines set forth by the government.

“We are allowing certain businesses to reopen under strict guidelines because we are confident they can operate safely and adapt to the current environment,” said Premier Ford. “While further reductions in the spread are needed before we can begin reopening the province, we have the right framework and the right workplace guidelines in place to do so gradually and safely.”

To assist in this the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) sent out a release pointing out that Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has created Guidelines and Best Practices for the vehicle sales and service sector to ensure the demands of the economy are balanced with the health and safety of the people.

According to OMVIC, the measures outlined in the guideline have been created to help employers prepare their workplaces so they can be reopened safely and to ensure workers, customers and the general public are protected.

The recommendations are as per the province’s three-step action plan for the province. For more information, visit Ontario Government’s Framework for Reopening our Province.

“Ontario workers and businesses have shown exemplary cooperation and resilience throughout the course of this crisis,” said Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli. “We’re beginning to ease restrictions on select businesses as we carefully and methodically re-open Ontario’s economy and continue together on our path to renewed prosperity.”