Canada is still weeks away from easing pandemic restrictions and restarting economy, Trudeau says

Left: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Right: Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer. 
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Date Published: April 14, 2020

Source: CBC

On April 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a phased-in approach to reopening Canada’s economy when the COVID-19 crisis subsides, which is not expected for at least several more weeks. The plan involves individual assessments for provinces and differentiation between low-risk and high-risk sectors. Cross-border travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada will also remain in place for at least “several weeks.” Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer supports Canada’s current COVID-19 measures, but urges for modified in-person sittings of the House of Commons in order to develop a plan for the expected economic fallout. During this press conference, Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that four planeloads of PPEs have arrived in Canada and are awaiting inspection and distribution. He also remarked that funding will be increased to deliver essentials for northern communities and that quarantine will be enforced for returning travellers.

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