New lockdown restrictions for the City of Toronto and Region of Peel – Nov. 20

On Friday, Nov. 20, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams announced that the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel will commence with a lockdown on Monday, November 23, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Read the news release.

While Minister Elliott stated that “most” construction activities can continue, BILD has confirmed with the Premier’s office, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Labour that construction and companies supporting construction continue to be deemed essential workplaces and will continue as previously, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

A full listing of allowable activities can be found in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open — Lockdown Measures document. 

We refer members specifically to Schedule 2 of O. Reg. 82/20 (Lockdown) – “BUSINESSES THAT MAY OPEN 27. Construction activities or projects and related services that support construction activities or projects, including demolition services.” 

BILD has been advised that while sales centres may remain open, they are only allowed to do so on a “by appointment only” basis, and with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Details can be accessed under the Real Estate Agencies section of the Grey Zone listing on the province's COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open web page.

This latest announcement serves as a reminder that the second wave of COVID-19 is proving far more serious than the first wave. The threat from this virus to our employees, worksites and operations remains high. Members are encouraged to revisit their COVID-19 protocols to ensure they are in compliance and taking all the necessary steps. As a reminder, the Ontario government website has sector-specific COVID-19 guidance and protocols.

For more information and resources, please continue to visit the BILD Member Updates During COVID-19 section of the BILD website.