COVID-19 round-up for Friday, May 15 – the it’s the May 2-4 weekend baby!! edition

New Brunswick – It’s lucky number nine for New Brunswick today with no new cases to report.  To date, there have only been 120 cases, and only one remains active.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick, said she knows the Victoria Day weekend often marks the “start of summer” for everyone, but please stay in your two family bubbles.

“This Victoria weekend will be different because of COVID-19, and we will all have to adjust our activities to meet the new reality,” said Russell.

“And I want everyone to enjoy this holiday weekend, but I want you to be safe.”

NB Premier Blaine Higgs echoed Russell’s statements, saying resident should enjoy this long weekend, but to remember to stay in your two household bubbles, and that gatherings cannot exceed 10 people, and you must remain at least 2 metres apart.

“We have reason to be proud of the progress we’ve made as a province,” said Higgs, and for New Brunswickers to remember what it took to get to this stage.

The bullet points:

  • If you are a business who has just opened or is about to and require personal protective equipment  for their employees can find information online about New Brunswick suppliers.
  • If business owners have questions about the measures they must take to operate safely, they can contact the Opportunities NB Business Navigator line at 1-833-799-7966 or by emailing nav@navnb.ca
  • The latest updates and information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick are available online.
  • Information on public health recovery phases, measures and guidelines is available online.
  • Up-to-date information about COVID-19 in the province is available online.

From outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended an additional three months to the end of August. 

“Business owners, please take confidence from this announcement,” said Trudeau.  “You now have some runway to catch your breath as you get restarted. So please, bring back your employees.”

Trudeau said some changes have been made to the CEWS in effort to include more businesses.  He said the government will be re-evaluating the 30 per cent decline in revenue requirement as “needing a decline shouldn’t be a barrier to growth”.  He also said eligibility has been broadened for the CEWS, but did not provide details.

Trudeau also reminded students as of today, they can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, and to go canada.ca to sign up.

Additionally, $450 million was announced for reseachers and research institutions to help provide temporary support with wages, to be delivered through federal granting agencies.

For all application portals, details on various support programs, Canada’s job bank, and details on COVID-19 in Canada, go to www.canada.ca

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