New By-Law: Face Covering Enforcement,  Patio Season Extended, Virtual Economic Outlook Summit, Downtown Orangeville Promotional Video Contest & more

  Good morning everyone! Just a reminder that you can now find each week’s Member Update and other important emails on our website:  Whether you missed an email somewhere along the way or would like to re-visit a particular subject, this is a convenient way to browse through some of our recent programs and announcements. My weekly emails to you will continue but please bookmark this link on your web browser so that you can easily find it again and access the latest Member information.  Please keep reading to the end of this newsletter for our good news story and a special message .  

Important notice from the Town of Orangeville regarding a new by-law: Face Covering Enforcement.   Please continue reading below:

What does this new by-law mean to you, a member of the BIA?   In short, face coverings are more than a public health order in the Town of Orangeville, they are now the law.    As a business operator and/or property owner, you are required to display the attached poster that has been updated to include the new by-law information and if a patron refuses to wear a mask for non-medical reasons, you can confidently ask them to leave with the law on your side or call by-law for assistance.   If you do not have access to a printer, please contact me for a copy of the poster. Mask Required-Poster-establishment Please click here for the update from the Town Of Orangeville.

Boulevard Café Permit Extension

 Yesterday we notified our restaurant members that those with Boulevard Café Permits will be permitted to extend their patio season until November 30th.  This extension is automatic, there is no need to re-apply.   The Town asks that each café/restaurant remain diligent about leaf and snow removal on their respective patios to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.  

Upcoming Event: Virtual Economic Outlook Summit

On Tuesday, October 27, join business owners and community leaders at the Virtual Economic Outlook Summit. This year's event will feature a keynote address by James Marple of TD Bank Group. He will share an analysis of the international, national, and local economies, focusing on the impacts of the global pandemic. A panel of three local business owners will also share their stories of resilience: - John Voight of Technicor Precision Plastics -Shelley Wishart of GoYoga Orangeville - Milena Parreira and Derek Train of Temple Nutrition   Register now for this free, virtual event at  

Important Reminder: Central Counties Tourism Reimbursement Application

If you are in the tourism industry, Central Counties Tourism would like to offset some of your PPE (personal protective equipment) costs by offering to pay 50% of your expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 ($2,000 total expense). Plexiglass, sanitizing stations, masks, stickers, etc., that you needed to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by keeping your staff and guests safe are all eligible expenses for reimbursement (patios heaters too!). WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Any York, Durham or Headwaters private or not-for-profit business in the hospitality and recreation sectors. This includes, but is not limited to, accommodators, attractions, tour operators, specialty retail, restaurants, art/culture spaces, museums, heritage sites, conservation/nature areas, etc.   Please click here to access the application.  

Downtown Orangeville 1-Minute Promotional Video & Social Media Contest

eat drink shop local Remember the 40-minute promotional video we filmed back in July with the generous support of The Art of Storytelling?  You can now view and share the condensed version with your friends, family and followers and encourage everyone to come Downtown to experience all that Orangeville has to offer!  Special thanks to the Bluebird Café & Grill who partnered with us so that we could offer a gift card to the contest winner.    If your business is interested in running a promotion with us, please contact me anytime to discuss your ideas! You can check out the video and contest here, and I hope you will take a moment to read some of the amazing comments that are coming in from members of the public.  From the remarks it is clear that we have something very special here, and I know from meeting many of you over the past several months that as business owners, you love what you do - and it shows!  YOU are the reason our Downtown is unique and has heart - thanks for being here and for helping to make our Downtown business community so great!  
“It’s so nice to see the downtown safely bustling again…Thanks to all of the store owners and operators for their diligence in creating a safe and welcoming environment for residents and visitors to our community.”
“I ate at the Bluebird patio for the first time on Friday, it was amazing service & food! I also love the farmers market, the Chocolate Shop, Wicked shortbread, Top Hat Tearoom, Sproules Emporium Pia’s and GoYoga.”
“I love that there’s always something going on on Broadway and how they decorate it for the seasons ”
“Love the farmers market on Saturdays and grabbing a Matcha oat milk latte at Euphoria and any cute find at Pear Home!”

Have a great weekend everyone!