Fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents can travel to Canada on August 9th without having to quarantine for 14-days. Also on that day, airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton will be added to the list of Canadian cities where international flights are permitted to land. The rest of the world will be allowed to come to Canada starting September 7th. All travellers will still be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result and proof of vaccination prior to arrival by way of the ArriveCAN smartphone app or web portal. Post-travel test results will no longer be necessary.
Update at our borders: today we announced our intention to permit fully-vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to enter Canada for non-essential travel without mandatory quarantine requirements, effective August 9 at 12:01 AM EDT
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) July 19, 2021
Poll Finds Canadians Want Proof of Vaccination Requirements For Travellers:
A new poll suggests a majority of Canadians say proof of vaccination should be required of all essential and non-essential travellers. The latest online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 58 per cent of respondents felt travellers should be required to show a document proving they are immunized against the coronavirus. The poll suggests 48 per cent of Canadians support the total reopening of the Canada-US border at the end of August, including tourists, while 52 per cent say they were opposed to the idea.
The Science Table Says The School Situation Cannot Be Repeated:
Ontario’s science advisory table says the physical, emotional, and developmental health of children has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on schools. Their recommendations for the coming school year paint a very different picture from the last. The experts are calling for the return of extracurriculars, and loosening masking, distancing and cohorting rules when risk is low. They say closing schools should only happen in catastrophic scenarios. Given high vaccination rates in the province, the science table expects low levels of transmission of the virus and hospitalizations in the fall.
BREAKING: Ontario's COVID-19 Science Table has released reccomendations for the safe reopening of schools in September.
— Ahmad E. (@ahmadeofficial) July 19, 2021
Post-Secondary School May Look Fairly Normal This Year:
Ontario post-secondary schools are being told to prepare for a normal fall with no capacity limits or physical distancing rules on campus. However, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities says schools need to have a backup plan to keep classes running in the event of an outbreak. The ministry is also encouraging on-campus vaccination and rapid testing. The deputy minister says a full framework with recommended COVID-19 safety measures will be provided by early next month.
BREAKING: Science Table calls for mask, distancing rules to be dropped in Ontario schools, extracurriculars to resumehttps://t.co/nVkvLVLGDP
— Anthony Furey (@anthonyfurey) July 19, 2021
Ford Bailing Out The Booze Companies:
Applications are being sent out this week to wineries and cideries with on-site sales for a $10-million-dollar COVID-19 relief fund announced in the spring provincial budget. The initiative is aimed at supporting wine and cider agri-tourism businesses whose operations were impacted by pandemic safety measures. Those businesses are eligible to receive a one-time grant based on sales of wine and cider in their on-site retail stores in 2020-21. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says the grants will help wineries and cideries with on-site stores get back on their feet following a tough year.
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) July 19, 2021
The UK Not Vaccinating Kids:
The British government has decided not to inoculate most children under 18 against COVID-19 until more data on the vaccines becomes available. The government says youth with certain disabilities or who are immunosuppressed will be eligible for vaccination. Britain’s national vaccine panel says the health benefits of universal vaccination don’t outweigh the risks for most young people, who typically suffer only mild symptoms of COVID-19.
Commercial Real Estate:
A new report suggests the commercial real estate market in Toronto may be on the brink of recovering after being slammed by COVID-19 restrictions. A report by commercial real estate firm Avison Young says office market activity in downtown Toronto remains muted after vacancies hit an all time high of 7.3 per cent in the second quarter. But it says some companies that were trying to shed downtown office space on the sublet market are reversing course. The report says available sublet space fell for the first time in six quarters, which Avison Young suggests is a sign that some Toronto businesses are anticipating more employees will return to the office soon.
Ontario reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday and no new deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there were 18 new cases in Toronto, 17 in Peel Region and 16 in Waterloo Region. The data is based on 11,567 tests. The Ministry of Health says 151 people are in intensive care due to COVID-related critical illness with 94 people on a ventilator. Elliott said 91,320 vaccine doses were administered in the previous day, for a total of more than 18.2 million.
Ontario is reporting 130 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 11,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 18 new cases in Toronto, 17 in Peel Region, 16 in the Region of Waterloo, 14 in Hamilton, 10 in Grey Bruce and 10 in Middlesex-London.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) July 19, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Region of Waterloo Public Health confirmed just 22 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and no new deaths. Active cases are down to 192. That’s a drop of 50 since Friday. 27 people are hospitalized in the Region.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is down to just 5 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Only 10 new cases popped up over the weekend. There are just 42 active cases.
🔔Reminder: First doses welcome anytime, anywhere🔔
📣Let your friends, family and neighbours know that they can go to any vaccine clinic and get their first dose. It's the easiest it has ever been. Check clinic hours and locations at: https://t.co/5TIfVJGfqz pic.twitter.com/ONyHYNyl69
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) July 16, 2021
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