On April 3rd, the Ontario Government announced a reduced list of businesses that are to be deemed essential in the province.  Effective Saturday, April 4th, at 11:59 a.m., all businesses that are not identified on the updated list must close their physical locations.  Now impacted are construction sites and hardware stores.

In regards to construction, only critical construction sites will continue including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue.

Stores that sell hardware products are now on the list of businesses that are restricted to selling online only by delivery or curb side pick-up, therefore, preventing consumers from entering the stores.  Other types of retailers on this restricted list include vehicle parts and supplies; pet and animal supplies; office supplies and computer products including computer repair and safety supplies. Supermarkets & grocery stores along with discount and big box retailers selling groceries are still on list of essential retailers that can remain open.

Lowe’s Canada says its Ontario stores will remain open, but only for curb side pick-up following an online order. Canadian Tire announced it will limit its 203 Ontario stores to serving customers only through curb side pick-up or eCommerce home delivery. Home Hardware has updated its website for Ontario stores to show only curb side pick-up is available.

Meanwhile, CHHMA members who are part of the supply chain to the list of wholesalers/retailers categorized as essential in Ontario or other provinces can remain open for business.  The reduction in construction and limit of in-store shopping however, is likely to have a large impact on demand for many member product categories over the coming months.

Source: Globe & Mail
Source: Government of Ontario
Source: Government of Ontario