KENORA – “We have heard the concerns of tourism operators in the Northwest and our government has taken action to open more seasonal businesses who can operate in compliance with health and safety guidelines,” says MPP Greg Rickford. “We know the tourism sector plays a critical role in Northwestern Ontario’s economy and our government will continue to support the sector during these challenging times.”
Kenora MPP Greg Rickford announced that Ontario will allow short term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs to resume operations in Ontario starting on Friday, June 5 at 12:01 am.
“Tourism is critical to our Northwestern economy and I want to thank the Ontario government and Minister Rickford and Fedeli for taking action to get seasonal tourism operators up and running. I look forward to working with the government as we move forward with the phased reopening Ontario’s economy,” said Gerry Cariou, Executive Director, Norwestario Travel Association Inc.
Operators will still need to follow occupational health and safety guidelines and follow the advice of local and provincial public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.
This change follows the provincial government’s actions to safely reopen businesses and resume activities across the province, including the re-opening of provincial parks for day use, the gradual reintroduction of backcountry camping at provincial parks and the reopening of marinas and golf courses.
Owners should consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests. Operators and guests should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently.