TORONTO — As of 11:59 p.m. ET on March 24, only businesses deemed essential workplaces were allowed to remain open in Ontario during the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a look at categories of workplaces on the essential list:
Businesses that supply other essential businesses with services or support.
Businesses engaged in the sale of food for people and animals. Beer, wine and liquor stores can remain open. Gas stations, vehicle repair business, hardware stores, pharmacies, office supply stores and safety supply stores also are included.
Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeout.
Businesses that provide support and maintenance services to maintain properties.
Business that provide or support information technology and telecommunications services, as well as support services such as call centres for delivery.
Taxis, businesses that provide transportation services for other businesses and transportation maintenance groups.
MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION
Businesses that manufacture and distribute goods and businesses that support the movement of essential goods within supply chains.
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PRODUCTION
Businesses that produce food, support the food supply chain and support the safety of food. Businesses that provide veterinary services and those that help with effective waste management also can stay open.
Construction projects and services associated with health care, transportation, energy and justice sectors. Demolition services and businesses that support health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects also can remain open.
Capital markets, credit unions, insurance businesses, businesses that provide pension and employee benefits services, and businesses that provide financial services.
Businesses that deal with supply of mining materials and products, mining operations and mineral exploration. Businesses that support the water sector, those involved in the supply of forestry products and the supply of petroleum also can continue operations.
Businesses that support environmental management and monitoring.
UTILITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Waste collection, water/sewage treatment, electricity generation, natural gas distribution, road construction, emergency services, corrections and court services.
Newspaper publishers, radio and television broadcasters, telecommunications providers.
Businesses that provide and support research.
Home care services, retirement homes, long-term care facilities and laboratories. Businesses involved in pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, those that support health care can stay open, along with dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists.
Businesses that support the legal system.
Rental and leasing services, mailing services, laundromats, dry cleaners, lawyers, engineers, accountants, funeral services, real estate and moving services, security services, animal health services, child-care services and cheque-cashing services.
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