Ontario glass companies may remain open
By Patrick Flannery
Ontario has released its list of business types NOT required to cease operations under its emergency directive in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Companies engaged in building construction services are exempted:
“28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors”
Whether the order applies to fabricators is less clear but appears broad enough to cover that sector.
“19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer)”
Glazing fabricators providing materials to healthcare projects might also be exempted under this item:
“26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space;”
Glass Canada has asked for clarification from the Ontario government.
Business not on the list are ordered to shut down at midnight March 24.