COVID-19 Update for May 21, 2020 – All ProvinceMay 21, 2020
Across the provinces
Canada has passed 80,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Here are the latest steps being taken by provincial and territorial governments to re-open economies while limiting the spread of the virus:
British Columbia – British Columbia is now in Phase 2 of “BC’s Restart Plan.” As of this week, the province has implemented a new public health order allowing food service and liquor serving establishments to operate under conditions.
Alberta – Alberta is implementing new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 from travelers: those entering from outside Canada will have to pass a provincial checkpoint, get their temperature taken via infrared camera, and complete an Alberta isolation questionnaire that requires them to detail how they will follow mandatory isolation requirements. Officials from the province will then follow-up within three days to ensure public health orders are being followed.
Saskatchewan – Phase 2 of the province’s “Re-open Saskatchewan” Plan went into effect this week, lifting restrictions on retail businesses, shopping malls, select personal services, and farmers’ markets. The provincial government does not yet have a target date for Phase 3.
Manitoba – The provincial government today unveiled a draft plan for Phase 2 of its reopening plan and the restrictions that would be lifted and businesses allowed to reopen.
Ontario – Premier Doug Ford today announced a series of new research projects funded at least in part with provincial tax dollars to help find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Ford said more information is coming next week on increased testing in Ontario, noting his desire for more tests done on asymptomatic people and in specific sectors. Specifically, he said truckers, taxi and Uber drivers, front-line long-term care workers, meat processing plants and the automotive sector will be tested.
Québec – With spring about to transition into summer, the government has given the greenlight for children’s day camps to re-open June 22 under strict conditions.
New Brunswick – While the province remains intent on keeping provincial borders closed, the province is also looking at moving to Phase 3 of their re-opening plan as early as tomorrow. This could include the return of non-regulated health professionals, personal services businesses, swimming pools, saunas, water park, gyms, yoga and dance studios.
Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia remains the last province without the release of a reopening plan, but that could be changing soon. The provincial government is wrapping up reopening consultations with businesses this week and hopes to reopen by June. Notably, the government is now eyeing an economy-wide reopening instead of the sector-by-sector phased approach that others have taken.
Prince Edward Island – The province is moving to Phase 2 of its reopening plan tomorrow, allowing the return of retail outlets, greenhouses and nurseries, remaining construction, maintenance and repair services, and cleaning and restoration services.
Newfoundland and Labrador – The province is marking two weeks since a new COVID-19 case has been detected, and they intend to keep it that way – despite the two week milestone, there are no plans yet to move towards the next phase of the province’s reopening plan.
Yukon – The Yukon Business Relief Program is being extended until July 23, and remains open to any business facing a 30% reduction in revenues and in need of immediate support to help cover fixed costs.
Northwest Territories – Now in Phase 1 of their reopening plan, the government is extending the operating hours of ferries as COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed.
Nunavut – There is no major development in the territory since our last update. Nunavut continues to not have any confirmed cases (the previous one, you may recall, was a false positive).
We hope you are finding these COVID-19 updates useful. In addition to trying to keep on top of the fast-changing situation, Enterprise is also working to support local charities during these challenging times. If you are able, your contributions to this effort would be deeply appreciated.
To donate, please click on the organization below:
- Toronto – Food Banks Canada
- Thunder Bay – Food Banks North West
- Hamilton/Niagara – Hamilton Food Share
- Alberta – Hope Mission
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
The Enterprise Team