Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - June 8

Published on June 8, 2020

Hello everyone,

The final outbreak of COVID-19 at Heron Terrace was lifted over the weekend, meaning that all outbreaks have been rescinded in local long-term care and retirement homes. Senior residents who have recovered are now able to return home. You can read the full article here.

Our region saw the unfortunate death of a second migrant worker due to COVID-19 over the weekend. Starting tomorrow, mass swabbing of migrant workers will begin under the direction of Ontario Health with the goal of swabbing each of the approximately 8,000 migrant workers in the region.

Windsor-Essex now has 1,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths.

The provincial government unveiled the next stage of Ontario's COVID-19 re-opening plan, providing a rundown of a new set of businesses and workplaces that will be allowed to resume operations based on a regional approach.

Starting Friday, June 12 the province will increase the limits of social gathering from five to 10 people. Additionally, all places of worship across Ontario will be allowed to re-open at 30 per cent building capacity. The increased social gathering rules will apply to the entire province, regardless of whether the region is moving to Stage 2, but physical distancing rules will still apply.

Most of Ontario's public health unit regions will move forward to Stage 2 on Friday, with the exceptions being communities in the Golden Horseshoe (Durham Region, York Region, Peel Region, Toronto, Halton Region, Hamilton and Niagara Region), Haldimand-Norfolk and border communities Windsor-Essex and Lambton. The Provincial government noted that the province will continue to keep a close eye on regions that will not open this Friday, including providing an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions each Monday and whether they have met criteria to move to Stage 2 by the end of the week.

In light of the news to move some regions into Stage 2 of re-opening the economy, our caucus has again reiterated our call for the Provincial government to adopt paid sick days. People shouldn’t have to choose between going to work sick or earning enough to put food on the table.

The Provincial government also announced legislation to ban all commercial evictions for those who qualify for commercial rent relief program. The ban on evictions would take effect for any commercial evictions that occurred on or after June 3rd and will last until August 31st. You can read the full news release here.

Our party has been calling on the government to put a ban on commercial evictions for months and the decision to do so now misses the mark. Not only is the decision long overdue, but the protection is too restricted. You can read the full statement here.

In his address to the country this morning, the Prime Minister announced the federal government will soon allow limited exemptions to current border restrictions to allow immediate family — such as spouses, children and parents of minor children — of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to re-enter Canada, but stressed that anybody coming to Canada will be subject to a strict 14-day quarantine.

As we continue to see improvements in the number of cases of COVID-19, it is crucial that we continue to social distance, wear masks in public, and wash our hands frequently to further reduce the spread.

 

  • Percy