Kanata North COVID-19 Update June 8

Good evening Kanata North, 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend spending time with their family. Earlier today, Premier Ford announced that select regions within Ontario, including Ottawa, will be moving to Stage 2 of reopening the economy. While this is positive news, we must continue to practice the guidelines provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province to reduce the risk of community transmission. As a community, we have worked hard to get this far, and it is important that we don’t undo the progress we have made. 

Kanata North Updates 

  • I have now been informed that the virtual ClubLink court hearing has been set for July 8th to 10th. The court is committed to resolving technical issues and will provide further communication on how we might all watch the proceedings using Zoom. I know that our community has been waiting for this for a long time and will provide further information as it becomes available. 
  • Throughout the pandemic, many City of Ottawa employees have been pulled from their regular duties to help the city’s COVID-19 response. As a result, some regular responsibilities including lawn maintenance have been delayed. The parks teams are working hard to do regular spring and summer maintenance. Should you wish to request grass cutting, waste removal, or have other concerns, you can make a direct request online at Ottawa.ca, call 3-1-1, or email 311@ottawa.ca. 
  • With many of us getting outdoors to enjoy fresh air and exercise, we are experiencing a larger amount of traffic on our sidewalks and multi-use pathways. A reminder to all to please maintain at least two metres of space between people to respect physical distancing. If you are a runner or cyclist coming up behind someone, in order to avoid surprise, I encourage you to announce your presence by using your bell or letting them know verbally if you need to pass them and indicate which direction you are coming from. Let’s keep our sidewalks safe for all to enjoy. 
  • Registration is now available for Ottawa Canoe Club Summer Camps for children age 6-14. The camp will follow strict health and safety protocols to protect the campers and staff. You can find more information or register here 
  • Many thanks to Brian Smith for sharing this video of Kanata North resident playing the flute at the Beaver Pond this morning! We are so fortunate to have amazing greenspaces in our community. Lovely to see this beauty within our community through these unprecedented times. 

City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health Updates (OPH) 

Here are the latest updates from the City of Ottawa and OPH: 

  • Today, OPH reported two new cases and tragically two deaths. This brings the cumulative total of cases to 2,006 and 254 deaths. 
  • On Wednesday, I will join my colleagues virtually for City Council. I encourage you to tune in online on the city’s YouTube channel or on Rogers Television. 
  • Last week, Ottawa Public Health shared a social media message regarding COVID-19 immunity. At this time, there is no conclusive evidence of people being re-infected with COVID-19. Scientists and researchers are still in the process of studying the virus and its antibodies. More evidence and information regarding re-infection is anticipated in the coming weeks and months. Ottawa Public Health confirms that people who have recovered from COVID-19 infection have some antibodies to fight future COVID-19 infections, however it is not yet known how long this immunity will last. As such, we encourage all residents to continue following public health recommendations to limit the spread of transmission and we need to continue to consider that any individual we encounter may be at risk for infection. 

Provincial Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Ontario government: 

  • Today, the Ontario government announced that further restrictions are being eased in Stage 2 of reopening the province effective June 12, 2020. Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, only communities that have been identified as safe, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing, will move into Stage 2. Ottawa Public Health is included in the regions safe to move into Stage 2.  
  • Across the Provincesocial gathering limits will increase from five people to ten. 
  • Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2, such as Ottawa, include: 
    • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties.
    • Select personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons. 
    • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only. 
    • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries. 
    • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools. 
    • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks. 
    • Camping at private campgrounds. 
    • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing. 
    • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations. 
    • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing.  
    • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people. 
  • To help businesses open up safely, the government, in partnership with health and safety associations, has released more than 100 health and safety guidance documents. As businesses prepare to reopen, employers are strongly advised to review these guidance documents and implement appropriate measures to help protect their workers and customers. 
  • To support small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government proposed to temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020. In partnership with the federal government, Ontario is committing $241 million to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses which is providing more than $900 million in support. CECRA for small businesses provides forgivable loans to eligible commercial landlords to help cover 50 per cent of commercial rent for tenants for the months of April, May, and June 2020. If passed, the proposed legislation would make it illegal to evict a commercial tenant until August 31, 2020.   

Federal Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Canadian government: 

  • Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective immediately, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days. Foreign nationals who are admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days. An immediate family member refers to a person’s: 
    • Spouse or common-law partner. 
    •  Dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner.
    • Dependent child. 
    • Parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner. 
    • Guardian or tutor. 

Please reach out should you need anything.  

Stay safe.  

Take care, 

Jenna Sudds