COVID-19 Update for May 25, 2020 – All Province
Across the provinces
With over 85,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases across Canada, here are the latest steps being taken by provinces and territories:
British Columbia – The BC government amended its previous public health order banning gatherings of more than 50 people Now, any drive-in gatherings are limited to 50 vehicles, with a restriction on food and drink sales.
Alberta – As of today, the Calgary and Brooks areas have the greenlight to re-open barbershops and hairstyling businesses, as well as restaurants, pubs and bars at 50% capacity. While the rest of the province had the go-ahead for these businesses earlier in the month, the higher concentration of COVID-19 cases in Calgary and Brooks resulted in a more gradual first phase re-opening.
Saskatchewan – The provincial government released figures showing that Saskatchewan’s retail sales have remained relatively strong compared to the rest of the country. The 1.5% decline in retail sales from February to March 2020 is only a fragment of the 10% national drop.
Manitoba – The province’s government is looking to help hunting lodges and outfitters impacted by the loss of much of the spring season. The government is waiving big-game utilization requirements and providing additional black bear hunting opportunities in select areas.
Ontario – Premier Doug Ford urged all Ontarians, whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested at one of 129 provincial testing centres.
Québec – The provincial government today announced that 1,000 officers from several departments and agencies will be deployed throughout the province to educate employers and workers about health practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19.
New Brunswick – The province began moving to the next stage of its reopening plan last Friday, allowing the reopening of non-regulated health professionals and personal services businesses like barbers and hairstylists. This coming Friday, May 29, religious services, non-emergency health services, low-contact team sports, and facilities like swimming pools and gyms can re-open.
Nova Scotia – While the Government of Nova Scotia has not yet detailed its re-opening plan, the Opposition PC Caucus today released their own plan for economic recovery.
Prince Edward Island – Premier Dennis King today announced a twenty-eight member Council for Recovery and Growth to plan PEI’s economic recovery. On Friday, the government began re-opening some services as part of the province’s second phase re-opening.
Newfoundland and Labrador – The provincial government has announced new supports to help the hospitality and tourism sectors recover from the pandemic. Under the new $25 million Tourism and Hospitality Support Program, eligible small and medium-sized tourism operators in the province can apply for a one-time, non-repayable payment of either $5,000 or $10,000, depending on their gross sales.
Yukon – The Yukon announced a new Essential Workers Income Support Program to give low-income essential workers a wage subsidy. All services previously identified as critical or essential are eligible.
Northwest Territories – The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is letting go of the 130 units previously reserved for self-isolation. In consultation with the Emergency Management Organization, it’s been determined that these units can be returned to use for their original purpose.
Nunavut – The government has announced its first steps towards a phased re-opening, beginning on June 1. The plan, titled Nunavut’s Path, can be viewed here.
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