The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported four new cases of COVID-19 today. Three of the cases are considered close contact and one is listed as community spread. The total number of confirmed cases for our region is now 2,414, with 2,243 cases resolved and 71 deaths.
The Canada-US border will remained closed another month. The new ban on discretionary travel will be in place until at least September 21, 2020.
Windsor Public Library has announced that the Central, Budimir, Riverside and the Local History branches will be fully re-opening on August 31. Masks will be mandatory under the City’s bylaw and users will be asked to abide by the safety measures put in place.
I released a statement today after our caucus obtained a memo confirming that OLG executives will still take their annual bonuses, despite layoffs of casino staff, and a $500 million cash injection from the province to keep the organization afloat during the pandemic. The government gave OLG $500 million but can’t seem to find any money for a safe restart of our schools. The Premier also appointed the current board chair, who previously served as the chair of his party’s own PC Ontario Fund. It doesn’t make sense to use that money to pay big bonuses to big boss executives. Casino workers have been laid off — and for those struggling to keep their rent paid and their cupboards from going bare, these bonuses for top executives are a slap in the face.
The provincial government announced that they will allow school boards to adopt a staggered start to the first week of school in September. Our caucus continues to call on the provincial government to do more to protect kids so they can safely return to school, and a staggered start doesn’t address the concerns of crowded classrooms or a lack of funding for upgrades to schools for infection control, such as hands-free faucets.
The provincial government released a memo yesterday saying that as of September 1, child care centres can again charge families for spaces not being used, and raise prices while the government has not provided any additional funding or supports for the struggling sector. They are downloading the costs of child care onto struggling parents during the pandemic instead of providing stabilization funding for child care centres that are struggling to re-open.
Our caucus has released a statement, calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and provide struggling small businesses with desperately needed pandemic relief, by administering remaining Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) funds directly to small businesses. You can read our full statement here.
The Ontario government is applying a capacity limit of 50 patrons for each indoor sport or fitness room as of August 15 at 12:01 a.m. While capacity is increased, physical distancing measures will still be maintained.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask or face covering in public and wash your hands often.