COVID-19 – New government measures to slow the spread
In the exceptional circumstances of the current health emergency, here is an update on the recent decisions of public authorities in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
Faced with the most serious public health crisis the country has ever experienced, governments would like to remind everyone that, together, we can win this battle. “What is happening is serious, it is a difficult period, but we are going to get through it,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier François Legault. The important thing is to follow the guidelines and limit physical contact, the spread of the virus and loss of life. Governments need us and are counting on us. We must stick to our new good habits in this exceptional time of global pandemic.
Infection numbers among the population are rising, as are deaths.
$2,000 monthly benefit
The federal government has announced $2,000 monthly benefits for the next four months to help Canadians who have lost their jobs, are sick, are caring for someone else, have to stay home or still have a job, but are not getting paid. This benefit replaces the announced allowances for emergency care and support.
An internet portal will be created shortly for people to register. The amounts will be sent beginning April 6.
The government reminds the public that snowbirds must self-isolate for two weeks when they return home, since all of these people could potentially be infected. They should not go to the grocery store or see family or friends when they return to avoid infecting others.
This voluntary quarantine is essential to stop the spread and save lives.
Leniency on the part of landlords
Owners of residential rental units are being asked to show understanding in these exceptional circumstances, where the government has put Québec on pause for three weeks, as the April 1 rent payment date approaches. Financial assistance for those who apply to the federal government will not begin until April 6.
Tenants who are in a position to pay their rent are asked to comply with their obligation, as landlords also have obligations.
Three residences are currently affected by the virus (in Montréal, Lanaudière and Estrie). The government reminds everyone that visits are prohibited because seniors are most at risk of dying from complications as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
All safety measures must be taken by staff in the residences and all outings must be done under supervision to protect and reassure residents.
Public authorities confirm that they have the medical equipment necessary to protect healthcare workers. Issues regarding equipment distribution in certain areas have now been resolved.
The government announced that new measures have been put in place to house homeless people in temporary accommodations, in compliance with the rules of social distancing.
The government took the opportunity to thank cleaning and disinfection workers, as well as volunteers in food banks, stating that their roles are more important than ever.
Government employees who are unable to work from home and are currently on forced leave are invited to offer assistance to community organizations in need of volunteers.