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Your daily COVID-19 update: May 19

Your daily COVID-19 update: May 19

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 happening across Canada? In British Columbia, restaurant owners will be able to open their dining rooms to customers today, but will have to follow distancing guidelines that will limit their capacity. This will be part of phase two of the province’s plan to reopen. Other businesses that will be allowed to reopen include retail stores, museums, hair salons and others.

In Saskatchewan, retail stores and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen.

Ontario will let car dealerships and stores that are not inside malls reopen Tuesday. The province is going ahead with its reopening plan, despite still recording more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the situation in Montreal has stabilized to the point where stores in the city will be able to reopen on May 25. Daycares will reopen on June 1.

New Brunswick had no active cases of the disease as of Monday.

Newfoundland and Labrador has had 11 straight days without a new confirmed case.

Canada has now seen 5,842 deaths and 78,061 confirmed cases of the disease.


Lift me up. As colleges in the United States held virtual graduation ceremonies this weekend, celebrities lined up to give words of wisdom from new grads. We leave you today with our favourite of the bunch, from actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.

Stay safe.