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Will the Ford government let the business reopen on January 26?

Ontario Chamber of Commerce would like a timeline for reopening businesses

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Ontario businesses and their staff affected by COVID-19 restrictions would like to know when they will return to full work, said Rocco Rossi, president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

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Doug Ford’s government ordered the province to pass a modified version of the second stage of its plan to reopen on January 5 for at least 21 days, sending employees to work from home if possible, banning eating inside restaurants and bars, the closing of theaters and indoor concerts, and the closing of gymnasiums.

The government said students would resume in-person learning on Monday, but there is no specific date for businesses to return to normal.

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“Employers and employees need to know now if we return to work on Jan. 26, in just under two weeks,” Rossi said in a statement Thursday.

“Businesses, especially small businesses, have suffered greatly over the past two years and continue to face unprecedented challenges amid the protracted crisis.

“We are calling on the Ontario government to develop a clear and cohesive long-term plan to manage the pandemic that links restrictions with data-driven measures and provides employers with the guidance needed to reopen when it is safe to do it.”

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