The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 today. Five of those are from the agri-farm sector, four are in the community, and two remain under investigation. In total, our region has 2,379 confirmed cases, 2,135 cases resolved, and 71 deaths.
It was announced today that Windsor-Essex will join the rest of the province in Stage 3 of the re-opening framework on Wednesday August 12. As part of Stage 3, limits on gatherings are increased to a maximum of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors, with physical distancing in place. Gathering limits apply to all social gatherings and events, as well as some higher risk activities and venues. All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments are allowed to reopen for indoor dining in Stage 3. Nightclubs are still banned from reopening, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks. Gyms and fitness studios can also reopen with safety protocols in place. Organized sports can also resume, with the exception of contact sports. Playgrounds, community centres and libraries will also reopen.
The Greater Essex County District School Board has released their back to school plan. The trustees will discuss the plan in a special meeting tomorrow evening. You can read the GECDSB’s plan here. Our caucus continues to call on the government to implement a plan that would create smaller, safer class sizes by hiring more teachers and education workers, lining up extra classroom spaces and immediately funding school repairs and upgrades, including infection control.
Sadly, there has been an outbreak at FGF Brands Bakery in Toronto, and a worker lost their life. Our caucus continues to call for paid sick days to ensure that workers can take time off when they fall ill without worrying about lost wages or job security. Paid sick days are an essential part of preventing the spread of illness in any workplace, especially during this pandemic.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering or mask when in public, and wash your hands often.