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Most provinces and territories are advising people not to travel to country houses or hold meetings this holiday weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cottage life is something people want today, for its spiritual and mental health benefits, Terry Rees, executive director of the Federation of Ontario Cottager Associations, told CBC News earlier in the week.
He said that traveling to the cottage is not illegal, but people who visit his vacation properties need to be aware that people living in these communities have legitimate concerns.
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix asked British Colombians to avoid traveling around the province unless absolutely necessary, and if they take the road, they should pack their own food and not visit stores in other communities.
Police checkpoints set up last month to slow the spread of the new coronavirus are arriving on Monday in several parts of Quebec, including between Gatineau and Ottawa, which will allow Ontario residents to visit homes in the Gatineau Hills.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to start his Saturday with what has become his routine daily pandemic briefing in front of Rideau Cottage, a 22-room heritage
house on the grounds of Rideau Hall, owned by the governor general.
However, he will not give updates on Sunday or Monday, when he is expected to join the family at their official country residence in Harrington Lake, Que.
Trudeau's trip between the two locations caused quite a stir when he posted a photo of him over the Easter weekend posing with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and their three children at Harrington Lake.
But as Trudeau sees it, he is simply traveling between his work in Ottawa and his family's home 30 minutes away, across the river in Quebec – just like many other Quebecers.
"As I work at the residence in Ottawa and do press conferences every day, it was not ideal for children to be there, so they went to the other official residence (at Harrington Lake)," he told the popular television talk show on Quebec. Every week for a few weeks.
"And I spend several nights a week with my family, then I go to work in the city like many Quebecers who live in Outaouais."
He added: "I think people understand that I have to work in Ottawa, even though I live a lot with my family in Quebec."
At Saturday's daily briefing, Trudeau is expected to focus on a unique boost to Canada's Child Benefit, which goes into effect next week, to help families cope with the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.
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Families that were eligible for the benefit in April and still have a qualified child in their care this month will receive an additional $ 300 per child as part of their regular monthly payment.
Trudeau is also expected to highlight several federal measures aimed at helping charities and shelters for women to cope with the crisis.
Before the long weekend, Alberta's director of public health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced that the province is increasing the limit for open-air meetings. Now, up to 50 people can gather, raised from the previous limit of 15. Still, Hinshaw warned, the Albertans must continue to practice physical detachment.
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"In open, well-ventilated spaces, there can be less risk in these settings, as long as people follow the guidelines," said Hinshaw in an interview on Friday.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are also allowing families to lightly relax their physical distance measures over the holiday weekend, thanks to the recently implemented "double bubble" rules, in which two families can agree to spend one time together exclusively. The public beaches further announced in Nova Scotia will be open, although the physical distance needs to be observed and the groups cannot exceed five people.
Emergency wage allowance extended until the end of August
Emergency federal wage subsidy program will be extended until the end of August to help employers keep their employees on payroll during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.
The $ 73 billion wage subsidy program, which covers 75% of an eligible company's payroll, up to a maximum of $ 847 per week per employee, was originally scheduled to expire next month.
Data from the Statistics Canada Workforce Survey estimates that more than three million jobs were lost during the COVID-19 crisis.
Going for the weekend, Air Canada said it will fire about 20,000 of its employees, more than half of its total workforce, as of June 7. The company says that, even with the federal subsidy program now expanded, it does not see the sector returning to normal in time to save these jobs.
Air Canada was forced to land about 225 planes and reduce flight capacity by 95% due to border stops and a sharp drop in demand for travel.
As of early Saturday, Canada had 74,613 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 36,908 of those considered recovered or resolved. A CBC News record of COVID-19 deaths based on provincial health data, regional information and CBC reports was 5,664.
Although most cases of coronavirus are mild or moderate, some people – particularly the elderly or people with underlying health problems – are at increased risk of serious illness or death. There are no proven vaccines or treatments for the new coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19.
Here's what's happening in the provinces and territories:
On Friday, Newfoundland and Labrador marked its eighth consecutive day with no new cases. "This is no small feat and serves as a good reminder of what we can achieve by working together," Janice Fitzgerald, medical director for health, said at Friday's daily briefing. Read more about what's going on in New York.
Nova Scotia is entering the second reopening phase, Announced the medical director of health Dr. Robert Strang on Friday. The province is introducing an immediate family bubble, which would allow two families to meet without physical distance.
Friday too marks the opening of the lobster season. But fishermen are setting traps amid concerns that COVID-19 has depressed the market with reduced demand and reduced plants' ability to process lobster, where physical distance on the line could reduce how much they can produce. On Thursday, the federal government promised close to $ 470 million support fish catchers.
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New BrunswickThe medical director for health announced that someone else has recovered from COVID-19 in the province. It has been nine days since the province registered new cases. But Dr. Jennifer Russell is reminding the public to protect themselves over the next weekend, maintaining their respective family bubbles and following the guidelines for physical distance. Read more about what's going on in New Brunswick.
P.E.IThe plan to launch Phase 3 of its recovery plan will be accelerated to the start scheduled for June 1 starting on June 12, Prime Minister Dennis King said during a press conference on Friday afternoon. Read more about what's happening at P.E.I.
O Quebec The government is donating one million masks to the Montreal region and $ 6 million in funding for public transport in the region, Premier François Legault announced on Friday. Meanwhile, four Canadian soldiers serving in long-term care homes in Quebec have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as one soldier helping in long-term care homes in Ontario. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed news of the infections in his availability on the media on Friday morning, but did not provide details.
"There are always risks in what they do and they get into it consciously and willingly, which is why we offer them our deepest gratitude every day," said Trudeau. Read more about what's happening in Quebec.
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Ontariois Health Minister Christine Elliott reported a "flaw" in the province's COVID-19 report on Friday, which caused the loss of some new cases in yesterday's update. At the provincial daily news conference on Friday afternoon, Elliott said the problem arose when cases outside Toronto were not loaded into the Ontario system. This discovery comes a day after the province plans announced for the first phase of reopening. Read more about what's happening in Ontario, including how Toronto extended the cancellation of major festivals and canceled all city-run summer camps and recreation programs on Friday.
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No new cases have been reported in Manitoba on Friday for the fourth consecutive day. Although the numbers remain low in the province, there is still concern about reimporting the virus, especially if people start traveling this long weekend, said Dr. Brent Roussin, director of public health in Manitoba.
He is asking everyone to be "careful with COVID" and continue to stay home, despite the hot weather that is coming. Read more about what's happening in Manitoba.
Northern first resident nations Saskatchewan claim that road and checkpoint bans put in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between different areas of the province have created a double standard and alienated them. Some residents say that while they must leave their communities for essential items such as shopping, it has not – leaving them unable to access affordable groceries and supplies, available only at larger stores in southern towns and cities.
Eight more cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province on Friday, all in the northern region. Read more about what's happening in Saskatchewan.
Alberta is easing restrictions around outdoor meetings, announced Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer. Outdoor meetings can now be made up of up to 50 people, as long as members of different families are two meters away.
Earlier, Hinshaw said the province should know within a week whether the reopening of bars, restaurants and some other businesses yesterday in most areas will lead to an increase in new cases. Read more about what's happening in Alberta.
AN new outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in a British Columbia food facility, officials said Friday afternoon. The outbreak occurs at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam. According to the statement, there are two cases connected to the installation. Read more about what's happening in B.C.
O Northwest Territories is entering the first phase of your COVID-19 recovery plan, affecting internal and external meetings, as well as the reopening of some companies. Read more about what's happening in the North, Including Yukon announcement that they also begin to ease restrictions.
Here's a look at what's going on around the world:
As of Friday night, there were more than 4.5 million confirmed cases of coronvirus worldwide, according to a database tracking system maintained by the coronavirus resource center in Johns Hopkins University. A quarter of these cases (more than 1.4 million) occurred in the United States.
According to the tracking system, COVID-19 killed about 307,000 people worldwide. He claims that the 10 countries most affected at the moment, based on the reported number of deaths, are the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Iran and Canada.