Welcome to our daily COVID-19 update. We’ll bring you the latest coronavirus news and stories about how Canadians are coping during these scary, uncertain times.
What’s the government doing? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that the federal government is set to send the Snowbirds across Canada to try to lift spirits during the pandemic. The Canadian air force’s squad of performers will kick off Operation Inspiration in Nova Scotia.
The House of Commons passed a $9-billion emergency bill that will pay students $1,250 per month if they are unable to find work this summer. Applicants will have to “attest” that they are looking for work.
What’s happening across Canada? In Manitoba, the provincial government unveiled its plan for lifting restrictions. Starting May 4, the plan’s first phase will see the reopening of public parks, and many businesses. This will include dentists, retail stores, hair salons and restaurant patios, but they won’t be able to run at more than 50 per cent capacity. Museums and libraries will also reopen and will have to follow physical distancing guidelines. Non-urgent health care procedures will also be able to resume.
A Cargill meat processing plant in Alberta is set to reopen with one shift on May 4 after it was shuttered due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
The government in Newfoundland and Labrador will offer its own plan Thursday. British Columbia will release a plan next week.
The country now has 51,587 confirmed cases, and 2,996 deaths from the disease.
Lift me up. An artist has installed humorous COVID-19-themed mosaics in Chicago potholes. The works by Jim Bachor feature rolls of toilet paper and bottles of hand sanitizer. Bachor has filled potholes with his art in large cities across the U.S.