ReOpening Ontario - What does this mean for your business?
Ontario has officially entered into Stage 1 of reopening business from the lock-down caused by Covid-19. For some, this means a continuation of status-quo working from home, but for a lot of our clients, it means taking a gradual approach to opening retail locations, restarting construction projects or bringing staff back into the offices. For a lot of businesses this also brings the requirement to re-hire employees put on leave or hiring for the season as summer quickly approaches.
So how you approach bringing people back together after 2-3 months apart in a work environment? The government has laid out very clear guidelines but for some who operate stores in different provinces, this can make for a convoluted approach. In the end, physical distancing from fellow employees, regular and consistent handwashing and general proper hygiene are your best defense.
For TDG ground and International shipping via Air and Marine, some of the rules have changed as countries and businesses adapt. Certificate expiry dates have been extended to facilitate training and special provisions and certificates have been given for items such as hand sanitizer, alcohol and Covid-19 testing kits. These can all be found on the Federal Government website.
We here at GEMC are adapting to the changing environment and are prepared to ensure you have training and consulting coverage in the methods that suit your business best. We have online training, virtual webinar training and modified in-class training ensuring physical distancing. We have increased our label production to ensure we have the stock you need to keep your goods moving as quickly and safely as possible in full compliance. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have.
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“The majority of trade between Asia and Europe still relies on the Suez Canal, and given that vital goods including vital medical equipment and PPE, are moving via these ships we call on the Egyptian authorities do all they can to reopen the canal as soon as possible.”
An estimated 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, comprising more than one billion tonnes of goods each year.
Guy Platten continued: “Not only will the goods aboard the Ever Given be severely delayed on their journey, but the hundreds of other ships are also affected. The damage done to the global supply chain will be significant.”