Although the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Canada has passed the 60,000 mark, the gradual reopening of the economy began on Monday, with outlets being allowed to do business. Restrictions have also been lifted on other business activities in several provinces.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country was on a “positive trajectory” as the easing of restrictions began. This opinion was echoed by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Therera Tam, who said, “In some places, the epidemic has been brought under control and the time has come to proceed with a careful reopening.” The country counted 60,650 cases of coronavirus infection on Monday evening, including 3,842 deaths.
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Flexibility is taking place in retail stores in many places, with a couple of provinces even seeing some restaurants return to serve customers.
However, in the province of Quebec, which represents more than half of the cases registered in Canada, the authorization to reopen such establishments was delayed for another week in the city of Montreal and its surroundings, the region having been the hardest hit by the Covids. -19 pandemic.
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In the meantime, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has praised “the cautious and gradual approach to reopening the economy.” In a statement, he said it was “good news that some businesses in certain provinces will be allowed to serve their customers again.”
The closure of businesses across the country has disrupted the economy and resulted in record unemployment. Given these circumstances, Trudeau said in his daily press briefing that there was no timetable for the presentation of the federal budget, which was scheduled for March.
“A normal budget is a forecast of the measures that will be presented in the coming year. Right now, we’re in a period of uncertainty, extraordinary uncertainty, about what could happen next month or three months from now, ”he said. It was to be the first budget to be presented since he formed a minority government following the October federal election.