Your daily COVID-19 update: May 4

May the 4th be with you! 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? Starting today, Manitoba is beginning to reopen some things. The province is letting hair salons, museums and restaurant patios open back up in the first phase of its plan. Public gatherings still have to remain below 10 people. 

Saskatchewan is also lifting some restrictions today, but reported 12 new cases Sunday. That province now has 433 confirmed cases. 

On Friday, Newfoundland and Labrador started letting residents form two-household bubbles. It’s caused a flood of photos and videos on social media of older Newfoundlanders hugging their grandchildren for the first time in weeks. 

Ontario is letting landscaping businesses and automatic car washes reopen. PEI has launched the first phase of its reopening. 

In Quebec, retail stores outside of Montreal can reopen, but those inside the city will not be allowed to do so until May 11. 

Alberta reported 96 new confirmed cases Sunday, bringing its total to 5,766. 

New Brunswick has had 15 straight days without a new confirmed case of COVID-19. 

The country now has 59,474 confirmed cases, and 3,682 deaths from the disease. 

Lift me up. From the same brilliant mind that brought us the auto-tuned hit “Speaking Moistly,” here is the follow up, “Bunch of Yahoos,” starring Ontario Premier Doug Ford. You’re welcome. 

Stay safe.