- Government GST/HST deferral and many municipal property tax deferrals will expire at the end of this month. After June 30, interest and penalties will apply again. See here for a list of current financial assistance programs for businesses if your business needs additional help. If you are having difficulty accessing these programs, please contact the GNCC.
- The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced investments in public transit and active transportation across the province, including the construction of a multi-modal hub on Bridge Street in Niagara Falls, and 21 new buses and four new paratransit vehicles in St. Catharines. Other investments totaling $68 million will be made throughout the region. The Government of Canada is investing over $31 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $26 million to the projects, while the municipalities are contributing more than $21 million.
- The number of new coronavirus cases reported per day in the U.S. stood at more than 34,000 today, just short of the all-time high reached in late April. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed until July 21 for non-essential travel. The daily average in the U.S. has climbed by more than 50 percent over the past two weeks, which may result in another extension of the border shutdown.
- The Dudes Who Won’t Wear Masks, Julia Marcus, The Atlantic
- Is it safer to fly or drive this summer? 5 health experts weigh in, Natalie B. Compton & Hannah Sampson, The Washington Post
- Remember the N95 mask shortage? It’s still a problem, Lois Parshley, Vox
- How Canada could avoid a 2nd wave of COVID-19, Adam Miller, CBC News
- Majority of Canadians’ work refusal claims being denied amid COVID-19, Brooklyn Neustaeter, CTV News
If you are showing symptoms, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Call a public health authority immediately. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before you have been directly advised to by public health authorities.
Remember that a COVID-19 test is only a snapshot of your health on the specific date and time the swab was taken. No testing is perfect and a negative result doesn’t mean you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19. You can still develop symptoms days after your test was taken.
It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. When maintaining distance is impossible, use a face mask. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. If you have recently traveled outside the country, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Previous updates can be accessed here.
Stay safe and be vigilant. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.