May 11th 2020
Good Evening,

When the COVID-19 crisis suddenly burst into our daily life we were hoping for a quick return to the pre-season frenzy, but only a few weeks later the picture changed drastically. As we come out of the outbreak, there is plenty to do; today some of the businesses on Queen Street were back! Thanks to the Town ECG for reopening the public washrooms.
We should understand that as the situation continues to evolve today’s measures to ease the restrictions might be reevaluated.

The Chamber and Tourism NOTL Team continues to monitor and provide updates on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including the steps governments are taking to address the situation. We are working hard to make sure the NOTL businesses voice is heard, and that you have the information you need to keep your business going in these uncertain times.

Be well and stay healthy
The Team at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NOTL
As part of the efforts to advocate on the steps business needs to take to safely re-open, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has designed this survey.

The survey is anonymous.
 
The primary focus of governments across Canada continues to be on containing the spread of COVID-19 and supporting the individuals and businesses most affected by the crisis. As attention begins to shift to reopening the economy, there are several critical elements to address: 
  • The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Smart quarantine policies
  • Protection for the most vulnerable
  • Mass testing
  • Contact tracing, and workforce safety procedures.
Recovery Playbook
 Retail Council of Canada and the Boston Consulting Group are leveraging global best practices and input from RCC members to develop Canadian-specific guidelines to help retail leadership teams build their recovery strategies. Please consider participating in this critical initiative to create a world-class resource for retailers of all types and sizes. The first four chapters of the Retail Recovery Playbook are now available for download.
Resources for Businesses 

Best Practice Guide for Food Service
Restaurants Canada has released a  Best Practice Guide for Food Service , in anticipation of food service re-openings, to help restaurants and food service businesses keep their employees and customers safe.
Two new press releases from the Town of
Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum takes part in Museum Week, a global initiative where over 7 days, Museums come together to share content, stories and ideas!
For day 1, our first story is about those who risked their safety to treat those who contracted the Spanish Flu and the women who supported Camp Kosciuszko! Learn more by exploring our exhibition on Google Arts & Culture.
Business Community Chat
Please join us at
10 am Tuesday for a conference call style chat with fellow members of our Niagara-on-the-lake business community.
This will give you an opportunity to speak with others and share your stories and experiences during this challenging time.

If you would like to join the Tuesday morning chat please email Nicole at chamberevents@niagaraonthelake.com by 9am on Tuesday Morning.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Lecture: Marathon swimmers on Lake Ontario

Free Webinar
Tony Chisholm presents a talk about the history of solo swims across Lake Ontario and his own experience accompanying swimmers on the long journey from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto.

This talk will be accessed through Zoom Webinar. Participants must register through link.
Bringing Chauffeur and Shuttle Services to Niagara
Hi my name is Debbie Reed and I'm the proud owner of Driverseat Niagara. I am so excited to bring a unique and needed solution to Niagara. Transportation is changing and Driverseat is driving the change. Founded upon the core values of integrity, respect and social responsibility. Driverseat has seen an incredible response to it's service and business model. We make transportation affordable, accessible, convenient and provide solutions for any type of transportation needs. We look forward to delivering a white glove service to ensure you have a memorable experience. 
We hope to be your service of choice. 
In these difficult times with Covid we are offering a free shop and drop program for the seniors and vulnerable citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake and St Catherines. If you know of someone needing our help please feel free to reach out. More to come on what we are doing to help flatten the curve. 

Check out our link below and also check us out on facebook, Instagram And Linkedin  

Stay Safe, Stay Home
National Nurses Week starts today. Thank you to all the nurses for everything you do everyday, especially in these unprecedented times.