There were 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex today, 10 of which came from the agri-farm sector. In total, our region now has 1,815 cases.
Windsor-Essex was among a handful of regions not yet given the green light to move into Stage 3 of reopening.
The provincial government announced that because of the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the majority of the province would be able to move ahead on Friday July 17. Under Stage 3, nearly all businesses may reopen with strict sanitation and physical distancing measures, including dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theatres, and casinos. Indoor gatherings have also been increased to up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings to 100 people. You can read more here.
Our caucus again has called for the government to create smaller, safer classes in September by getting more teachers, more education workers and more classrooms on board and ready to go for five-day school weeks in the fall. Our vision for a safe return to schools in September includes:
- Hiring more teachers
- Hiring more education workers, including educational assistants, custodians to keep classrooms safe and disinfected, and hiring more early childhood educators to operate child care spaces
- Sourcing more classroom spaces, including closed classrooms, libraries and unused provincial and municipal spaces, like recreation centres
- Extra funding to support students who are struggling and students with special needs
- A plan to address the needs of Black, Indigenous and racialized students whose communities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
Tomorrow we will table a motion urging the government to implement these measures, and more, as part of an emergency action plan.
The Minister of Education announced that all Ontario childcare centres will be permitted to operate in increased cohorts of 15 children as of July 27.
The Prime Minister said the government will announce this week an extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to December. You can read the full article here.
Please continue to wear your face covering in public, practice social distancing as much as possible, and wash your hands often.