COVID-19 Update for May 14, 2020 – All Province

Across the provinces

As Canada passes 72,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, provinces and territories are continuing to extend previously declared states of emergency while moving ahead with gradual re-openings. Here are the latest steps being taken by provincial and territorial governments:

British Columbia – While the first phase of BC’s gradual re-opening is set to start after the long-weekend, the province is still extending the State of Emergency once again, this time until May 26.

Alberta – The first phase of Alberta’s relaunch plan goes into effect today, but with a caveat for the cities of Calgary and Brooks, where the majority of COVID-19 cases are. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, barbershop, and hairstylist re-openings are delayed until May 25 in those cities, but allowed elsewhere in the province starting today under conditions.

Saskatchewan – The government has announced $10 million in additional funding to help Saskatchewan’s livestock producers manage the impact of COVID-19 and various market disruptions. The province has also made regulatory changes allowing the Chief Electoral Officer to adapt any part of the Elections Act as needed to reduce public health risks. A provincial election is set for October 26.

Manitoba – While the Manitoba economy is gradually reopening, new regulatory changes give government officials more authority to enforce public health emergency orders and emergency health hazard orders. This includes park patrols, safety and health officers, public health officers and inspectors under the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act.

Ontario – Premier Doug Ford announced more workplace re-openings today. Starting tomorrow, golf courses, marinas, boat clubs, and public boat launches can open under conditions. On Tuesday, retail services not in shopping malls, seasonal businesses, pet care services, household services, and certain health and medical services are among those allowed to resume under conditions.

Québec – Plans have changed once again for the Montréal area, as schools in that region are only allowed to return in September (no longer May 25). Premier François Legault today described the pandemic situation as “very fragile.” The province accounts for over half of all positive COVID-19 cases in Canada.

New Brunswick – New Brunswick has extended its State of Emergency for another two weeks, beginning today. The provincial government has also released a guide for parents ahead of childcare facility re-openings on May 19.

Nova Scotia – While the number of COVID-19 cases are generally declining, and neighbouring provinces are lifting restrictions, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health told media this week that he will continue to recommend “a slow cautious approach.”

Prince Edward Island – PEI has launched a program to offer personalized supports for parents struggling with co-parenting challenges amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.

Newfoundland and Labrador – The province is stepping in to help electricity customers struggling with bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is providing up to $2.5 million to waive interest on overdue accounts for customers throughout the province.

Yukon – As a temporary measure, the government is giving pharmacists new practice options, allowing them to extend prescriptions and also initiate prescriptions in a limited capacity.

Northwest Territories – The NWT government has extended the Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency until May 26.

Nunavut – The government has changed its COVID-19 update schedule, moving to twice each week. The updated broadcast schedule can be viewed here.

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