Your daily COVID-19 update: June 1

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? The federal government is speeding up $2.2 billion in infrastructure spending to help hard hit municipalities. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government will work with provincial counterparts to provide more emergency aid to struggling towns and cities that have seen huge dips in revenue during the pandemic. 

Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly announced that the government is redirecting $30 million, originally set to be spent luring foreign tourists to Canada, on promoting local travel. 

 

What’s happening across Canada? As protests continued in American cities after the killing of George Floyd, a crowd of largely peaceful protesters marched through downtown Montreal Sunday afternoon. There were some looters, but they represented a small minority of those demonstrating. 

The Ontario government announced that it is introducing an regulatory amendment that will give non-unionized employees “Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.”

Restaurants will reopen for inside dining in PEI Monday, under certain restrictions. Tables will have to be at least two metres apart with no more than six people sitting at each table.

Alberta reported just 18 new cases on Sunday. Around 89 per cent of those in Alberta who tested positive have now recovered.  

In all of the month of May, Newfoundland and Labrador had just four new confirmed cases. 

Canada now has 91,340 confirmed cases and 7,305 deaths due to COVID-19. 

 

Lift me up. We leave you today with the news that South Africa has lifted its ban on alcohol sales. The government had prohibited the sale of booze and cigarettes during its lockdown. Thirsty South Africans everywhere will rejoice!