Federal government releases a “Life after vaccination” update
- The federal government has released an early season-by-season picture of what life in Canada should look like based on vaccination coverage estimates.
- Spring 2021:
- Cases are high and vaccines are low.
- Continue following public health guidance and restrictions while vaccination efforts ramp up.
- Recommendations: stay home, stay safe, get vaccinated.
- Summer 2021:
- Cases are low and vaccine coverage is high for one dose.
- If 75% of those eligible receive one dose and 20% have a second dose, then:
- Restrictions can begin to be lifted, while individual measures (physical distancing, mask wearing) are continued.
- Recommendations: go camping, go hiking, be on patios.
- Fall 2021:
- Cases are low and two-dose vaccine coverage is high.
- If 75% of those eligible receive a full COVID-19 vaccination series, then:
- Local public health will be able to lift more measures and you should be able to more activities indoors with people from outside of your household.
- Recommendations: attend family gatherings, indoor sports, schools fully open.
- Release Link: https://bit.ly/2SMoAcH
Border reopening depends on 75% of Canadians being vaccinated, according to the Prime Minister on May 18
BC government announces $50 million in support grants for the tourism sector:
- Examples of criteria and eligible organizations include:
- Major anchor attractions in urban centres that receive 75,000 or more visitors per year – eligible for up to $1 million.
- Major anchor attractions in rural areas that receive 15,000 or more visitors per year – eligible for up to $500,000.
- Tour bus companies that serve 30,000 or more passengers per year – eligible for up to $500,000.
- Examples of “turnstile” attractions eligible for the program include amusement parks, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, heritage institutions, museums, galleries and science centres.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/2S3Im38
Ontario launches new Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant
- The Ontario government is providing one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100 million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
- This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts.
- To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.
- Release Link: https://bit.ly/3hpQkya
- Backgrounder: https://bit.ly/3tE79b6
- Eligibility and Application: https://bit.ly/3y24zPw
All major summer events in Toronto cancelled this year
- The city has confirmed that all major events in Toronto this summer, including the Caribbean Carnival and the Canadian National Exhibition, will once again be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mayor John Tory has said that the City will be working with events such as the CNE, to help them get through the difficult season.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3tLGSYr
Tourism in northern Ontario expected to heat up quickly after stay-at-home order lifted
- Tourism industry experts believe that once travel restrictions and other public health measures are lifted, it should become busy for tourism operators in northern Ontario.
- Based on research collected by Destination Northern Ontario, there is a sense of ‘pent-up’ demand for tourism within Ontario.
- The belief is that people will be willing to travel further and stay longer during the summer season.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3tYLomu
New travel application process for people entering Nova Scotia
- A new travel application process for people trying to enter Nova Scotia comes into effect as of May 14.
- The application is required for anyone entering the province and no one can enter until their application is reviewed and approved.
- Travelers can use the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form online and should apply at least a week before travel.
- Only applications for permanent residents and people travelling for essential reasons will be considered.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3fgVcmt
Porter Airlines pushes back flight start dates
- Porter Airlines has announced that regional flights will begin again on July 20th.
- The airline originally planned for a restart of operations on June 21st.
- Porter originally suspended operations on March 21st, 2020 and has yet to resume.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3hzRDKV
Alberta ICUs treating historical record-high number of patients
- As of Monday, May 17th, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta hit 678 people.
- Included in these hospitalizations, there are 240 people currently in ICUs, including 181 COVID-19 patients.
- The province expects hospitalizations to continue increasing for a while longer — even though case rates are on a slow decline — because hospital admissions lag two weeks behind cases.
- Alberta reported 721 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, which is the first time the number of daily cases has dipped below 1,000 since April 5.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3hBXRds
Indoor and patio dining returns to Regina
- As of Monday, May 17th, restaurants and bars in the Regina area reopened their indoor dining and patios. Indoor dining has been banned in the region since March 28th, 2021.
- Businesses in the region are anticipating an influx of customers and are working to hire extra staff to handle the surge.
- Regina’s restaurant reopening is not part Saskatchewan’s reopening roadmap, which is set to begin on May 30th.
- News Link: https://bit.ly/3u6Y2A9