Today the Provincial Government made a direct appeal to Ontario’s farmers, urging them to make sure that testing is available for all workers. The government also asked workers with concerns about COVID-19 to get tested. The Provincial government emphasized that workers who test positive for the virus and need to self-isolate for two weeks will be eligible for WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits) and be protected during their time off. However, these efforts come too late. The Provincial Government has known about this issue for months and have continued to pass the buck rather than taking action.
Starting this Friday, it will be mandatory to wear a face mask in all commercial establishments in Windsor. The Health Unit says the order applies to any places “that are open to the public and offer goods and/or services for sale” such as retail stores, convenience stores, malls and plazas, restaurants, personal service settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, farmers’ markets, mechanic shops, and car dealerships. There are some exceptions to the policy, and those details can be found here.
The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has asked the provincial government for some financial support to help local area businesses who face potential closure due to COVID-19. You can read the article here.
There were 32 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total in Windsor-Essex to 1,361 with no additional deaths.
The Provincial government’s decision to introduce a new math curriculum during a pandemic is irresponsible. Not only has the government not consulted with parents or education experts, but it has failed to consider the burden on teachers and parents who are already struggling at home to teach their children. Touting a “return to basics,” the Provincial government announced a new math curriculum for students in Grades 1 to 8. Minister Lecce said the curriculum will focus on fundamental math facts and incorporate coding and financial literacy. You can read the full government release here.
Please continue to practice social distancing, wearing your mask when out in public and washing your hands with soap and water often.