Special Events Update, Film Crew in Downtown Orangeville, #LightUpLive, Digital Main Street Grant & More


Downtown Orangeville Events Cancelled

Leading first with some not-so-great news today.  It is with a heavy heart that we must confirm today that due to COVID-19, the following events have been cancelled: Harvest Celebration, Moonlight Magic and the Tractor Parade of Lights.   The Task Force & BIA staff are working hard to come up with some safe and fun ideas, including colourful displays, special promotions, social media contests and more, to lift everyone’s spirits and mark the fall & winter Holidays in a new and exciting way.  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!  

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas? 

I don’t know about you, but nothing lifts my spirits more than storefronts all dressed up for Christmas, twinkly lights, holiday music, and yes, even a little snow!   Last week we told you about the filming for Ice Wine Christmas that is happening right now in Downtown Orangeville, many of you have even been approached to have your storefronts included in the film – this is fantastic publicity! We all know that Downtown Orangeville is a beautiful place to be but having a production company recognize it too is extra special and certainly something to brag about!   We will continue to share your social media posts about the filming until it wraps up on Saturday and encourage members of the public to come on down to see what all the excitement is about.   Don’t forget to tag us in your posts!  Facebook: @downtownorangeville  | Instagram @downtownoville.  

New Gathering Limits in Ontario

This week the Premiere released new gathering limits for Ontario.   The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:
  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).
It is very important to note that these new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect. The new limits apply only to unmonitored and private social gatherings such as parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. Please see the news release for further information.  


Photo courtesy of Theatre Orangeville Have you seen the red lights at Theatre Orangeville, several local businesses, and along the medians this week?   This is a special initiative in support of the live entertainment industry, whose workers have been hit especially hard by the pandemic – many still unable to work since March.   Please consider showing your support for those in the live entertainment industry, including our very own Theatre Orangeville, by placing a poster in your window and/or adding a red light to your storefront display. More information can be found here. Light Up Live Poster   

Digital Main Street Transformation Grant – Deadline to Apply is November 30th

Time is running out to apply for the Digital Main Street Transformation Grant, please take a moment to read about the program and consider applying here. The great news is that it only takes a few hours of your time to apply/watch the training videos and if you qualify,  the funds are sent to you in 14 days or less -  several of our members have already been approved and are putting their grant money to work! Digital Main Street coordinator Janet Blunt has been hitting the pavement and visiting our members to offer more information about the Digital Main Street Transformation Grant and other available programs.  She is available to answer any questions you may have and to assist with the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact her: Janet Blunt | Digital Main Street Co-ordinator 519-941-0440 Ext. 2757 | Toll Free 1-866-941-0440 Ext. 2757 | Cell 519-278-4349 jblunt@orangeville.ca | www.orangevillebusiness.ca  

Updated Public Washroom Poster

Last week we sent out a poster with public washroom information. Please find the updated poster (with address information) here.  Feel free to print and display for your customers convenience.    If you would like a copy and do not have access to a printer, please let me know and we will drop one off to you!  

Transit Safety Study Update

We would like to thank everyone who attended the safety study on Monday and sent in their comments.   We will be in touch again when further information is available regrading the next steps in the process.   Have a great weekend everyone!