Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Saturday May 16 and Tuesday May 19, provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework.
The businesses permitted to open Saturday May 16 are:
- Golf courses
- Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches
- Private parks and campgrounds
- Businesses that board animals
The businesses permitted to open Tuesday May 19 are:
- All construction projects
- Retail locations with dedicated storefront/street-front entrances
- Car dealerships
- In-person health services such as therapy and counselling
- Golf courses, including driving ranges
If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. You can read the full news release here.
The Health Minister Christine Elliott announced that testing of all long-term care residents and staff is now complete. More aggressive public surveillance testing will now be rolled out, including all Ontarians with symptoms for COVID-19.
Our party has said that re-opening some businesses and recreation would be safer if Ontario stepped up its COVID-19 testing and tracing. Over the past 30 days, Ontario has averaged just 12,600 tests per day, and not all positive cases are thoroughly contact-traced. The government also needs to ensure businesses have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and that they are regularly inspected. Physical distancing and infection control rules should be mandatory – not suggested guidelines.
The Ontario government also announced a new Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to support business-owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province. The directory has an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment. You can find that directory here.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.25 million to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read the full news release here.
Our party responded by issuing a statement, saying that while farmers and employees need more protection to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, the current government must do more to reverse their damage to the agriculture sector. The government broke their promise to increase the Risk Management cap for farmers and cut millions from programs meant to help farmers grow crops and livestock. Ford cut planned spending on Risk Management Programs by $160 million and it cut $2.3 million from Agricorp. You can read our full new release here.
Today, the federal government announced a series of targeted supports:
The Prime Minister announced a new support initiative for Canadian veterans including the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence at McMaster University. The centre will focus on national research, training and education for veterans. The federal government will invest $470 million to support fish harvesters including creating a fish harvester benefit. The new benefit will cover 75 per cent of losses up to $10,000, if their income decreases at least 25 per cent this season. The Prime Minister outlined a $100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund for farm business in Canada, encouraging all Canadians to buy made-in-Canada products.
The federal government is also partnering up with Indigenous and northern communities by providing $2.3 million for food and supplies.
Some national parks will partially reopen at the beginning of June allowing people to access trails and other green spaces where physical distancing can be practiced. Additionally, new regulations on boating will be imposed as of June 1
Windsor's Medical Officer of Health is now recommending residents wear a cloth mask if they can't ensure physical distancing while outside. You can read the full article here.
As of today, Windsor-Essex has 751 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 62 deaths.
Take care of yourselves, wash your hands and keep practicing social distancing if you need to go out in public.