Week of June 6th 2020

  To all members,   Lots of new developments to share with you this week including a Broadway closure on Sunday, the announcement of Stage 2, and mandatory use of face masks.   As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require further information.  


The Premiere announced the next phase of the regional re-opening plan.  Stage 2 will commence this Friday and will permit restaurant patios to open, as well as tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons.   We are excited by this news but we encourage you to proceed slowly and not to feel pressure to open before you are ready and able to operate in compliance with all public health and safety guidelines.   In case you missed my email earlier this week, here are the complete details: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/06/ontario-permits-more-businesses-and-services-to-reopen-in-the-coming-days.html?fbclid=IwAR0jeXOkqS5sESO5fB8xAkGJfbfAZuzZJVFOl4-iWT0PB1vCvKIm8EyaPuw Here is a link to some helpful resources for re-opening, including posters and tip sheets: https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace Here is an overview of Stage 2: https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-2 If you need help sourcing face masks, hand sanitizer, or other equipment, the Town of Orangeville has compiled a list of local suppliers: https://www.orangevillebusiness.ca/ppe-suppliers/ .   You may find the following videos from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services helpful: https://www.youtube.com/user/WSPSpromo  


Broadway will be closed on Sunday June 14th for the Black Lives Matter Awareness Walk.  The walk is taking place from 10 am – 12 pm on Broadway between Wellington & First Street.  Broadway from Wellington to First Street will be closed between 9 am – 2 pm and Second Street from Broadway to First Ave. will be closed from 8 am – 4 pm.  Participants are meeting in Alexandra Park and everyone is encouraged to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  


Effective 12:01am on June 12, 2020, any customer, patron, employee or visitor who enters a commercial establishment in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region is required to wear a face covering while inside the establishment. There are some exceptions due to medical reasons. Read more here.  Also please see attached notice. We will notify you as soon as posters are made available should you wish to clearly communicate this to your customers.  


With physical distancing requirements in place, many restaurants and cafés are looking to extend their outdoor seating space onto the boulevard and into on-street parking to allow for 2 metres between patrons. Orangeville Council voted on June 8 to permit these extensions and Applications are now being accepted.  Please submit yours to planning@orangeville.ca or place in the Drop Box at Town Hall.  


We are very happy to announce that the Orangeville Farmers’ Market is OPEN to shoppers starting this Saturday, in the parking lot across from Town Hall.  We know that the Market is normally a very social place, but for the time being, the Market shopping experience will be a lot less social. You can read the full guidelines here. Please note the hours will be 9am-Noon and online pre-orders are still available for anyone who prefers to order in advance and pick up.  


Dufferin County would like to invite you to participate in ShopHERE, an initiative powered by Google and Digital MainStreet.  Once registered, businesses are provided with a free online platform to sell virtually, as well as assistance in getting it set up.   This program uses Shopify, but please note that it is completely separate from Shop Downtown Orangeville. How does it work? -Go to the ShopHERE website and register- you are then matched with a post-secondary student -Complete the initial screening to make sure you are eligible for the program -Provide further information to the student including products, photography, pricing, etc. -The student then builds the business owner a custom website based on the Shopify templates. (eg. there is a template for Hair Salons, a template for clothing retail, a template for artists, etc.) -Once the student has completed the site, they connect back with the business owner and work together to make tweaks to the website. -At this time, the point of sale integration is added and once complete, the website is handed over to the business owner. -The website is free for the business owner for the first 90 days – after which time you will be able to choose which package from Shopify you wish to continue with (Anywhere from $29 - $200 / month) To sign up or to learn more, click here: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere/  


Each week I hope to send you a positive update from one of our members.  If you have something uplifting to share, please get in touch!   This week we have TWO incredible Broadway shops celebrating anniversaries:   Blumen on Broadway – 5 years!   The Chocolate Shop – 15 years!   Let me tell you, these are some hard-working shop owners!  Give them a wave of congrats if you are passing by their shop window this week. Congratulations Susan, Sue, Barb & staff!   Your beautiful shops add a great deal to our streetscape and we’re proud to have you in Downtown Orangeville.