TORONTO — As new COVID-19 lockdown measures officially take effect across Ontario today, those in the construction industry are left with more questions than answers when it comes to what work can be carried out and what can’t.
Premier Doug Ford indicated at a media conference on Jan. 12 there would be restrictions on non-essential construction as part of broader measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 but did not initially define what was essential.
The Daily Commercial News has since been fielding questions from members of the industry after the province released the list of essential construction projects later that day.
Questions continue to pour in, with the Daily Commercial News team seeking answers from government officials. One source of information is the government’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line, launched last March. Call 1-888-444-3659 to speak to a government customer service representative who can offer guidance to understanding the list of essential projects.
Below are some examples of what those in the industry want to know.