As Canadians settle into another week of what experts say could be months of physical distancing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver another daily update. He sternly reminded everyone who chooses to ignore advice from public health officials and gather in crowds or public places that they are not only risking their safety, but the safety of others.
The behaviour of those who fail to respect social distancing measures created to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and globally puts at risk not only these individuals but also their families, neighbours and health care professionals, said Trudeau, speaking from the porch of his home in Ottawa.
Trudeau says the move is heartbreaking for athletes, coaches, staff and fans, but feels it's the right call in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The federal government also launched a new advertising campaign to stress the need for social distancing and good hygiene.
He called on all Canadians to follow the lead of the COC. Beginning today farmers and agricultural producers can apply for the aid through Farm Credit Canada. This is what we all need to be doing.
The minister urged Canadians in Peru to register with the federal government so they can receive more developing information.
Nova Scotia on Sunday became the latest of Canada's 10 provinces to declare a state of emergency, closing its borders to non-residents and threatening to arrest those who did not practice self-distancing.
The special bill has been put on notice by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and it's titled "An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19".
"Enough is enough", said Trudeau.
Meanwhile, Trudeau praised Canadian Olympians who have announced they would not attend the summer Olympics in Japan. "We are also working with Quebec City-based Medicago for vaccine testing and production", said Trudeau.
Many people who file for employment insurance are able to find new jobs before very long, in normal times.
He added there are tools in the emergencies and quarantine acts and didn't rule out enacting measures to limit people's movements within Canada, including shutting down provincial borders.
Meanwhile, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam announced Monday the death toll from COVID-19 in Canada has reached 20.