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? On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government is extending its wage subsidy for businesses affected by the crisis until June.
The federal government is also offering what’s known as bridge financing (or short term loans) to help large Canadian businesses keep employees on their payrolls.
What’s happening across Canada? Quebec is reopening elementary schools today outside of Montreal. Cafeterias and gyms will stay closed and students will be asked to bring their own lunches. Schools in Montreal won’t reopen until May 25 at the earliest.
A Cargill meat processing plant south of Montreal will close after 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19.
In Ontario, around 500 provincial parks are set to reopen today, but the Ford government is asking residents to still avoid non-essential travel. Talk about mixed messages.
Saskatchewan reported 11 new cases in its northern region Sunday.
Prince Edward Island eased some restrictions Friday, allowing residents to gather with as many as five people from another household.
Almost 5,000 people have now died from COVID-19 in Canada. The country has 4,871 deaths from the disease and 68,848 confirmed cases.
Lift me up. A happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there. In Calgary, drag queens celebrated by putting a physically-distant dance party on one street.
We leave you today with the news that legendary funny man Jerry Stiller has died at the age of 92 from natural causes. His son, Ben Stiller, announced the death in a tweet.