Starlight Shopping, Window Decorating Contest, Code Yellow, and more


Starlight Shopping

  Starlight Shopping kicks off Thursday November 19th and runs until Christmas. Beginning this Friday, live performances will take place at Aardvark Music & Culture with music broadcast out to the street.  We hope you will encourage your customers, family, and friends to come down and take part in the festive atmosphere. Here is the list of Starlight Shopping participants.  If you offer retail shopping or services and plan to be open late on Thursday and/or Friday nights and your name is not on the list, please contact me ASAP!
Aardvark Music & Culture
Altered Native
Blumen on Broadway
Broadway Music
Dragonfly Arts
Foxy Face
Kamelyan Window Coverings
Pear Home
Readers' Choice
Sproule's Emporium

Window Decorating Contest

Get those holiday windows ready because we’ve got a really exciting prize to announce!   The OBIA, in partnership with In the Hills Magazine and Green Monkey Creative, will award the grand prize winner with a marketing package worth $1500! The marketing package includes a ¼ page advertisement in the spring edition of In the Hills Magazine and design services from Green Monkey Creative to create your custom ad. A panel of judges will decide the winner on December 15th. The Window Decorating Contest is a fun way to celebrate the season, creates a festive and beautiful downtown, attracts visitors, and showcases your business – we encourage all businesses with storefront windows to participate!  Here are some tips to for creating a great window: - Shoppers and judges will view your windows at night -  make sure to stand back and view your display at night to ensure all elements are adequately lit. - Turn off or dim competing lights inside. Keep just the featured lighting on at night for best exposure. - Stick with a clear theme or colour scheme for the biggest impact. - Be creative, think outside the box, tell a story, surprise your customers, and have fun!    

Christmas Tree Lighting

New holiday lighting displays are being installed in Downtown Orangeville this week and the 30-foot tree is set to arrive at Town Hall late next week.  We hope to have it lit and decorated by Friday November 20th and plan to record a lighting ceremony to share on social media (weather dependent).   More details coming soon!            

Code Yellow: Protect – Strengthened Measures

The Ontario Government released a new colour-coded control system this week intended to replace the “Stage 1/Stage 2/Stage 3” framework.  The Province hopes that this will help to allow for faster and more targeted responses.   Currently, Orangeville is listed as Code Yellow. What does this mean for my business?   We have pulled out some of the key points here, please review the full document here.  In addition, all sectors now require a safety plan.  A template is available here. New Measures for Restaurants, Bars, Food/Drink Establishments:
  • The hours limiting alcohol sale and consumption remain the same as previously implemented.
  • Contact information is now required for ALL seated patrons.
  • Maximum of 6 people per table
  • Limit volume of music – no louder than volume of normal conversation
  • The business must have a safety plan available upon request.
  New Measures for Sports and Recreational Fitness
  • Increase space between patrons to 3m for recreational facilities where there are weights/weight machines and exercise and fitness classes.
  • Recreational programs are limited to 10 people per room for indoor, 25 for outdoor.
  • Contact information is required for all patrons and attendees for team sports.
  • Safety plan required and to be made available upon request.
  New Measures for Meetings and Event Spaces
  • Same measures as Restaurants and Bars
  New Measures for Retail
  • Limit volume of music – no louder than normal conversational levels
  • Malls must have a safety plan
  New Measures for Personal Care Services
  • Contact information required for all patrons
  • Safety plan must be available upon request
  New Measures for Performing Arts Facilities
  • Same liquor restrictions as Bars and Restaurants
  • Contact information required for all patrons
  • Safety plan must be available upon request
  General Public Health Measures remain the same as previously announced.   Have a great weekend!