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Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

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SECOND PHASE OF RESTORING SAFE SERVICES PLAN TO BEGIN JUNE 1

May 27, 2020

Feedback from Manitobans Helped Inform Final Phase Two Plan: Pallister

Based on feedback from Manitobans and current public health data, the Manitoba government has finalized the draft Phase Two plan and will implement measures effective June 1 to continue safely restoring services and opening additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“I want to thank Manitobans for their input, and as a result of these discussions and advice from public health experts, we are in a position to move forward with phase two of our plan to safely restore our services,” said Pallister. “I also want to thank Manitobans for continuing to respect physical distancing guidelines and ask everyone to keep taking steps to protect themselves and others as we continue to ease restrictions.”

As of June 1, limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be allowed for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming. Manitoba Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders, the premier noted.

The plan for Phase Two was revised from the original draft document, released May 21, based on input from the public and businesses, as well as additional input from public health officials. Changes include:

  • detailed guidance for post-secondary educational institutions and vocational colleges;
  • removing occupancy limits for therapeutic and health-care services;
  • detailed guidance for senior’s clubs;
  • additional details on requirements for the safe operation of splash pads;
  • updated guidance for community centres;
  • the reopening of arts and cultural activities, such as dance, art and theatre;
  • clarifications on the opening of bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-brewers and distilleries to allow sites that do not serve food to open, as well as updated guidance from public health that all patrons must be seated at tables and stand-up service is not allowed; and
  • detailed public health guidelines for film productions.

A number of measures initially outlined in the draft plan for Phase Two can resume effective June 1 including:

  • increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
  • increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
  • resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults;
  • lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
  • allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing;
  • allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
  • allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
  • reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity;
  • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and
  • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity.

No changes will be made to the requirements for reopening museums, galleries and libraries, and parks, campgrounds yurts and vacation cabins.

Detailed information on the plan for Phase Two of service restoration and steps people can take to reduce their risk and workplace guidance for businesses can be found at:

www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices

Other changes that came into effect on May 22 included increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing professional sports teams to resume practicing.

“Case numbers and positive test rates continue to be low and other key factors are also positive,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. “These additional steps to safely restore services will help ease the impacts on Manitobans and ensure the health system continues to be able to respond if case numbers increase slightly.”

Mass gatherings such as concerts, festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted. He also noted that it is key for people to stay home if they are sick to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Roussin continued to encourage businesses to take steps to help staff, patrons and visitors stay safe including:

  • ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
  • only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
  • applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
  • maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas;
  • staying home when feeling sick; and
  • following personal risk reduction measures.

Manitoba businesses can submit questions about how the plan applies to them by visiting https://engagemb.ca

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html


TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19


PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR SENIORS

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/12/prime-minister-announces-additional-support-canadian-seniors


MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER OF SENIORS, DEB SCHULTE

Good day, 

As Minister of Seniors, I wanted to reach out to you to share some of the initiatives we are undertaking to help seniors, their families and caregivers cope with the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic. Please feel free to share this message with your networks.

I have been working closely with my Cabinet colleagues, consulting with the provinces and territories, experts, stakeholders and seniors to determine how the federal government can better provide support. 

I also serve on the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Cabinet Committee so I can ensure that seniors’ concerns and needs are taken into account in decisions made at the Cabinet table.

Here are some of the measures the government has taken to help seniors and caregivers:

  • We worked with the provinces and territories to develop expert guidance on proper safety protocols for long-term care homesand for home care settings.
  • We are working with the provinces and territories to top up salariesfor low-income essential workers temporarily—this will provide a much needed boost for workers caring for seniors.
  • We updated our New Horizons for Seniors Programso that community based programs can use their funding to help seniors navigate COVID 19.
  • We increased community supportsfor seniors by contributing $9 million through United Way so they canhelp seniors get things they need like groceries and medication. An additional $350 million investment was announced for the Emergency Community Support Fund to support vulnerable Canadians through organizations that deliver essential services to those in need, including seniors. 
  • We introduced the Canadian Emergency Response Benefitto provide income support for Canadians, including seniors, who stopped working due to COVID 19. CPP, OAS or GIS payments do not affect eligibility.  
  • We issued a special top-up payment under the Goods and Service Tax Credit, which will provide low and modest-income single seniors about $400 for and about $600 for senior couples on average.

This situation is constantly evolving and we are continuously updating our responses to address Canadians’ needs. I am committed to keeping you informed and updated on our COVID 19 response for seniors and will be sending you regular messages like this one over the coming weeks and months. 

Your government is here for you. Together, we can and we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Minister Deb Schulte

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I hope you’ll take a minute to ensure this message reaches as many seniors and the people who support them as possible. Please share it with your networks in whatever format works for you; such as social media, email or your newsletter.

Resources:

To find out more about our COVID 19 response for people please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

For regular updates follow:

Twitter: @ESDC_GC

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Bonjour, 

À titre de ministre des Aînés, je tenais à communiquer avec vous pour vous faire connaître certaines initiatives prises pour aider les aînés, leur famille et leurs aidants à gérer les répercussions de la pandémie de COVID-19. N’hésitez pas à transmettre ce message à votre réseau. 

J’ai travaillé étroitement avec mes collègues du Cabinet, j’ai consulté les provinces et les territoires, des experts, des intervenants et des aînés afin de déterminer comment le gouvernement fédéral pouvait offrir un meilleur soutien. 

Je suis également membre du Comité spécial du Cabinet sur la COVID-19 afin de m’assurer que les préoccupations et les besoins des aînés sont pris en compte dans les décisions prises au Cabinet. 

Voici quelques-unes des mesures adoptées par le gouvernement pour aider les aînés et les aidants : 

  • Nous avons travaillé avec les provinces et les territoires pour élaborer des lignes directrices d’experts sur les protocoles de sécurité adéquats pour les maisons de soins de longue duréeet les soins prodigués à domicile
  • Nous travaillons avec les provinces et les territoires pour verser un complément salarial temporaireaux travailleurs essentiels à faible revenu. Cela donnera le coup de pouce nécessaire aux travailleurs qui prennent soin des aînés.
  • Nous avons mis à jour notre programme Nouveaux Horizons pour les aînéspour que les initiatives communautaires puissent utiliser leur financement pour aider les aînés à traverser la pandémie de COVID-19. 
  • Nous avons accru le soutien aux collectivitéspour les aînés en versant 9 millions de dollars par l’entremise de Centraide, pour que l’organisme puisse aider les aînés à acheter des articles comme des aliments et des médicaments. Un montant supplémentaire de 350 millions de dollars a été annoncé au titre du Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire afin d’aider les Canadiens vulnérables par l’entremise d’organismes qui offrent des services essentiels à ceux qui sont dans le besoin, y compris les aînés. 
  • Nous avons instauré la Prestation canadienne d’urgence(PCU) afin d’offrir une aide salariale aux Canadiens, y compris les aînés, qui ont cessé de travailler en raison de la COVID‑19. Les prestations du Régime de pensions du Canada, de la Sécurité de la vieillesse et du Supplément de revenu garanti ne modifient pas l’admissibilité à la PCU.
  • Nous avons instauré un paiement complémentaire au crédit pour la taxe sur les produits et services, ce qui donnera aux aînés ayant un revenu faible ou modeste environ 400 $ pour ceux qui vivent seuls, et environ 600 $ pour ceux qui vivent en couple, en moyenne.  

Cette situation est en constante évolution et nous mettons à jour régulièrement nos mesures pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens. Je suis déterminée à vous garder informé sur notre réponse à la COVID-19 pour les aînés et je vous enverrai régulièrement des messages comme celui-ci au cours des prochaines semaines et des prochains mois. 

Votre gouvernement est là pour vous. Ensemble, nous pouvons passer au travers, et nous le ferons. 

Bien à vous,

La ministre Deb Schulte

Passez le mot :

J’espère que vous prendrez une minute pour vous assurer que le présent message parvienne à autant d’aînés et de personnes de soutien possible. Transmettez-le à vos réseaux dans le format qui vous convient, comme les médias sociaux, le courriel ou votre bulletin. 

Ressources :

Pour en savoir plus à propos de la réponse à la COVID-19 pour la population, visitez : https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-finances/plan-intervention-economique.html

Pour obtenir toutes les mises à jour :

Twitter : @EDSC_GC

Facebook : Aînés au Canada


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For updated information regarding the COVID-19, please click the links below:

Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

 


PANDEMIC I: THE FIRST MODERN PANDEMIC By Bill Gates

The coronavirus pandemic pits all of humanity against the virus. The damage to health, wealth, and well-being has already been enormous. This is like a world war, except in this case, we’re all on the same side. Everyone can work together to learn about the disease and develop tools to fight it. I see global innovation as the key to limiting the damage. This includes innovations in testing, treatments, vaccines, and policies to limit the spread while minimizing the damage to economies and well-being.

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