Exhibition Place Newslink

May 4, 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND CEO

 

First and foremost on behalf of Exhibition Place Board and Staff we hope you and your families are healthy through these unprecedented period facing the implications of the COVID-19 virus. We recognize the impact from the COVID-19 virus has been devastating on business and will most likely will be challenging for some time. As a Board, and Staff we understand and appreciate these are incredibly difficult times that no one could have predicted.

Our senior staff are participating on Government and Industry panels advocating on behalf of venues and business events for a safe return to business in the most timely fashion possible.

We recognize that your events have been subject to postponements and cancellations, and fully appreciate the impact this has on your organizations. Our team of staff are here to assist and support your efforts as we embark on the planning for the recovery of the meetings and business events industry.

We are definitely in this unprecedented situation together.

We wish you and your family the best of health.

Stay Well,

       

Mark Grimes

Chair, Board of Governors

 

Don Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

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FRAMEWORK FOR REOPENING OUR PROVINCE

 

Premier Doug Ford announced in a press briefing on April 27th that the Province has released a framework for reopening Ontario’s economy.  Reopening businesses and public spaces will be gradual and occur in stages. There will be two-to-four weeks between the launch of each stage to allow health officials to assess conditions before moving to the next one. This will determine if measures should be adjusted, loosened or tightened. This approach will enable the government to ensure there are appropriate measures in place to open safely and limit health risks.

Stage 1

  1. Opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
  2. Allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
  3. Opening some outdoor spaces
  4. Continued protections for vulnerable populations

Stage 2

  1. Opening more workplaces with significant mitigation plans
  2. Opening more public spaces
  3. Allowing some larger public gatherings
  4. Continued protections for vulnerable populations

Stage 3

  1. Opening all workplaces responsibly
  2. Relaxing restrictions on public gatherings
  3. Continued protections for vulnerable populations

No timeline for instituting the above framework has been provide at this time. To reopen the economy, government will consider factors such as the risk of the spread of COVID‑19 and the ability to implement protective and preventative measures in the workplace. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the government on when it may begin to ease public health measures using a range of criteria; the first being a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID‑19 cases.  So please stay the course. Keeping doing what you’re doing; stay home and wash your hands!

For more information please visit

https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-for-reopening-our-province-en-2020-04-27.pdf

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THE PRINCES’ GATES IS SHINING BLUE IN SUPPORT OF THOSE FIGHTING COVID-19

On #DoctorsDay and every evening, we are shining up the Princes’ Gates blue in support of all Front-line healthcare and essential workers who continue to lead the fight against COVID-19 #ShineALightForThem

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CAEM – DIGITAL ROUNDTABLE

On April 28th CAEM hosted a virtual session entitled The Landscape Shaping the Future of the Canadian Exposition Industry. This one hour session has lots of great information on advocacy for the industry  and how we are preparing  for recovery and is now available on YouTube. We encourage you to watch it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYC6FTzZahY

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SNOWBIRDS TO BOOST MORALE AMID COVID-19 WITH CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR

The Canadian Armed Forces is deploying its famed Snowbirds aerobatics team on a cross-country tour aimed at boosting morale as Canadians continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the tour on April 29th; it will see the Snowbirds begin their flyovers in Nova Scotia this weekend and work their way west throughout the week. The full schedule has yet to be announced; check in on the RCAF Snowbird Twitter and Instagram pages (@cfsnowbirds) for the Toronto date!