The Process of Reopening Canada Proves Complex

Provinces Not Presently Contemplating Reopening

Currently, most of Western Canada, far Northern Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador maintain shutdown orders in place for the near future. All non-essential businesses in these provinces remain closed, except for British Columbia (which issued only voluntary shutdown orders for some businesses). Officials in British Columbia indicated emergency public health orders remain ongoing, but they will allow those businesses which closed voluntarily to reopen. Health officials urge residents in these provinces (including B.C.) to refrain from nonessential travel at this time.

Provinces With Reopening Plans Outlined

A few Canadian provinces have already prepared plans to phase in reopening at some future time, but have not yet chosen to initiate these measures. These provinces include Quebec and Ontario. The latter anticipates starting the reopening process on May 11th, contingent upon an evaluation by epidemiology experts.

Provinces With Reopening Plans Underway

Three provinces reportedly have begun reopening. Saskatchewan developed a five-part reopening program scheduled to commence on May 4th. It does not currently have any domestic travel limitations, but will retain restrictions on nonessential travel across its borders. Some elective procedures will resume on the 4th, followed by the reopening of certain outdoor recreational activities deemed “low risk” on the 15th. Retail outlets and salons reopen on the 19th of the month, barring any setbacks.

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