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Covid-19 Stakeholder Resources

Chatham-Kent Tourism is supporting the directives of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and the Governments of Canada and Ontario through precautionary measures and enhanced monitoring of the workplace due to Covid-19. For personal health and safety our tourism office is closed to the public, but travel counsellors are still able to assist with your inquiries. You can call us 1-800-561-6125 or email cktourism@chatham-kent.ca. We also encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


Mandatory Mask By-Law

Chatham-Kent Council passed a by-law to make the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces mandatory as of 12:01 am, August 14, 2020.

COVID-19 Business Resources 

For an up to date list of all current tourism industry support please visit our Tourism Sector News page. 

Click here for information for Workplaces and COVID-19

Economic Recovery Task Force

  • In April, 2020, a CK Economic Recovery Task Force was formed. Learn more about the Economic Recovery Task Force, including information on sector sub-committees, reports to council and more. 

Employment and Workforce

  • The government of Ontario has released a variety of programs to help residents impacted by Covid-19 get back to work. Here you will find information on things like Small Business Wage Subsidies, Work Sharing Programs, and more. 

Supplies

  • There are many Chatham-Kent businesses who supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and related services, including professional cleaning and disinfecting. The province of Ontario has also released a directory of where to source PPE.

Digital Main Street Program 

  • Assistance available for SME (small medium enterprise)
  • The Future Proof Main Street program is delivered in partnership with Communitech and Invest Ottawa
  • Helps businesses identify new markets, pivot their business model, and develop and implement a deep digital transformation plan

Recovery Activation Program

  • Assistance available for SME (small medium enterprise)
  • The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is a no cost, immersive series of highly practical online programs that are designed to help you identify areas to modernize your business so that you can confidently take on all the challenges that are thrown at you in the wake of COVID-19, such as managing your workforce virtually, finding new customers without going to a tradeshow, and managing disrupted supply chains – just to name a few.
  • In three steps – taking a Digital Needs Assessment, engaging in virtual sessions, and working with industry leading experts to plan your digital transformation – you will be on your way to new growth and opportunities


Other Resources

There are many resources available for tourism operators to tap into through the Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC).

Here you will find things like...

  • access to released safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public as we continue a gradual reopening of the provincial economy
  • a tourism workforce recovery toolkit with the goal of helping operators rebound from the crisis
  • the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) resource site for reopening restaurants and creating guest confidence and comfort
  • federal and provincial Covid-19 loans, grants and toolkits available
  • information on Ontario Live - MusicTogether, a place to put on virtual performances and get paid

You can also learn more about SWOTC's E-commerce support program, photo bank building program, tips for hosting live online experiences, and much more.

COVID-19 Notice: Please check before you visit, as some sites and activities may not be fully operational. Continue to follow the advice of CK Public Health, maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines.