Congratulations to the hard working people at our local Public Health unit. They are busting their butts to keep us all safe and for some reason they are not receiving the materials they need to test more people for COVID-19. This is intolerable and shows serious flaws in the Government's response plan. I understand the Health Ministry is trying to fix the problem, but they better do it soon as lives are at risk!
The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses to reopen with a measured approach over the next number of days. Nurseries and garden centres will be allowed to open as of Friday, and hardware stores and safety supply stores will be allowed to re-open their doors the following day. In addition, retail stores with street-level access will be allowed to provide curbside pick-up beginning on Monday, May 11.
The government is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade, multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue. You can read the government’s full news release here.
The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief during the COVID-19 outbreak to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can read the news release here.
To date, there have been 665 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex with 57 deaths.
Please continue to practice social distancing and washing your hands.