Canada has officially declare for at least two weeks in widespread business closures and social distancing in these provinces: New Brunswick, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba, Ontario.
There is no given date for when the provinces will be completely re-opened, and they will be doing so gradually.
Premier ministre. Justin Trudeau announced Thursday morning that all emergency orders put into place by the government will be in effect until May 6, 2020, at the earliest.
The orders include the closure of non-essential services, the closure of provincial parks and park amenities, the closure of all bars, clubs, entertainment venues and in-person restaurant dining spaces, as well as restrictions that limit social gatherings to no more than five people at a time.
“This will help protect the health and well-being of people across the province and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Premier ministre Justin Trudeau said today’s announcement makes the extension official for at least two weeks for these provinces — regardless of how successful our efforts in combating the virus prove.
“We are making steady progress in our battle against this deadly virus, but we are not out of the woods by a long shot. It is absolutely necessary to extend these emergency orders to continue keeping all Canadians safe and healthy,” said Premier ministre Justin Trudeau in this morning’s release.
“Every effort made by each of us to stay home, practise physical distancing and wash your hands has been, and will continue to be, the key to stopping the spread of this virus.”
In addition to extending the already-active emergency orders, the province has put several new measures into place that will “allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff within different locations or between programs.”
Such agencies will also be permitted to employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff or contractors “in order to ensure people continue receiving the high quality care they expect and deserve during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
It remains to be seen when life will go back to normal for Canada , butPremier ministre Justin Trudeau made crystal clear during his daily press conference on Wednesday that it won’t be anytime soon, and that it won’t happen overnight.
“I’ve gotta be very, very clear: There’s never going to be one date that we just open up the economy,” said Trudeau in response to a question about a potential May 2-4 weekend re-opening date.
The World Health Organization is currently reporting 2,471,136 confirmed cases and 169,006 deaths around the globe.