National directive on wearing face masks coming today, Trudeau says

  • National directive on wearing face masks coming today, Trudeau says

National directive on wearing face masks coming today, Trudeau says

He says public health authorities are looking at the best way to protect Canadians.

Tam also said initially it was believed the novel coronavirus was only spreading from people showing symptoms.

"The idea that we either open up in an unsafe way, or we stay closed and we expose people to really egregious unemployment and poverty - those are not the only two choices", he said.

States and provinces across both countries have began reopening. She said the tried-and-true public health measures of testing, contact tracing, handwashing and physical distancing have worked to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

"Whatever pathway down this curve, there is no one size fits all", said Tam.

There was no immediate comment from the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

In two weeks, a similar screening process will be set up at the Coutts border crossing on the Alberta-Montana border.

As Canada and the US extend COVID-19 border restrictions, a labour and employment expert says it will take comprehensive testing and contact tracing to get the world's largest unprotected border open again.

Acting U.S. Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf said Washington would examine how Canada and Mexico were handling the outbreak. Tourists and cross-border visits remain banned.

The program will see the federal, provincial, and territorial governments cover 50 per cent of rental costs, tenants are asked to absorb 25 per cent and landlords the remaining 25 per cent. Applications will be accepted on May 25th online.

"These are challenging times and make sure our economy can bounce back", said the prime minister.

A survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business on Wednesday suggested the program could make the difference between surviving or succumbing to the COVID-19 pandemic for half of small businesses.

"With many people discovering that we can work from home to a much greater degree, there may be a lot of vacancies in commercial buildings over the coming months and years", he said. "Who knows what the post-pandemic world will look like, exactly?"

While Trudeau didn't have a sharp warning for landlords like Ontario's premier did a day earlier, he still noted the struggles that could come if businesses aren't supported.

"We are mutually dependent both commercially and other ways", he said.

Federal figures released Wednesday showed a benefit for hard-hit workers now has more than 8.1 million applicants who have received over $38.4 billion - pushing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit further beyond its $35-billion budget. But late last week Air Canada announced plans to lay off about 20,000 employees.

New Brunswick, meanwhile, took a victory lap as the province marked two weeks without any new COVID-19 cases.

Almost 94 percent of coronavirus cases in Canada are in three of the country's provinces, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

With files from Canadian Press reporters across the country.