Chamber to Host Meeting to Discuss Rules for Retail Openings

May 15, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Local business owners are invited to participate in a free conference call on Tuesday to review the guidelines for the opening retail stores and other workplaces.

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“Business owners have a lot of questions about what they need to do to meet public health guidelines,” says Greg Pietersma, Executive Director of the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are prepared to answer those questions and provide advice on best practices.”

The conference call is scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday May 19.

The conference call will be held on the popular Zoom video conferencing platform, which can accommodate people using webcams as well as people simply calling in. Joining Chamber officials will be other community resources, such as Cornwall Economic Development.

Business owners are invited to register for the conference call using the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Topics discussed in the call will include steps business owners must take with regards to crowd control (floor decals etc), safety and hygiene ( such as plexiglass barriers) and employee training. Information on local suppliers that can equip businesses with signage, protective barriers and PPE will also be provided.

“The opportunity of these meetings is for local businesses to ask questions and share info,” said Mr. Pietersma. “Its easy to join and we hope to have as many retailers, restaurant owners and other businesses as possible join the call.”

The Province of Ontario has indicated that if public safety trends continue, a number of retailers and other workplaces can be opened to the public on Tuesday May 19. You can read the full details here:

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has provided guidelines for the opening of workplaces. You can find the links here:


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