Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau didn’t mince words when he addressed the country outside his official residence on Monday, March 23, 2020. “Enough is enough,” he said. “Go home and stay home.”
JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
With reports that there were Canadians not choosing to practice social distancing, Trudeau took a moment to address the issue during his daily press conference outside Rideau Cottage.
“If you choose to ignore that advice … you’re not just putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others at risk too,” Trudeau said.
NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE
During his daily COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic press conference, the prime minister stated that the Government of Canada hasn’t ruled out imposing stricter social distancing controls.
This includes invoking the Emergency Act. The last time the Emergency Act was invoked was in the 1970s.
GOVERNMENT USING ADS TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
The Government of Canada is also taking out advertisements on TV, radio and social media channels to emphasize the importance of social distancing.
The government is strongly encouraging that Canadians keep a physical distance of two metres apart from each other.
The government is also asking Canadians to refrain from gathering in clusters.
The weekend saw a lot of sunshine, bringing people out from their homes where they’ve been cooped up for the past week.
“When we see people out in the sunshine in large groups, that is extremely concerning,” Trudeau said.
HOUSE OF COMMONS TO RECONVENE ON TUESDAY MARCH 24
The prime minister said that the House of Commons will return on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in order to pass priority COVID-19 related legislation.
The Government of Canada intends to invest CAD$192 million to help find a vaccine for COVID-19.
Recipients of the funding will include private pharmaceutical and medical research companies as well as universities.
CANADIANS COMING HOME FROM AROUND THE WORLD
The prime minister said that chartered flights have been scheduled to bring stranded Canadians from around the world.
Three Air Canada flights will be bringing back Canadians from Peru, which has closed off its airspace in response to the pandemic.
Two Air Canada flights will be bringing Canadians home from Morocco as well.
Air Transat, WestJet as well as Sunwing have repatriation flights planned as well.
Trudeau confirmed an Air Canada flight from Spain, and Air Transat flights from Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala.
REGISTRATION OF CANADIANS ABROAD
Trudeau took a few minutes to encourage Canadians who were still overseas to take commercial flights to return to the country while it was still possible to do so.
He also asked them to register using the online tool Registration of Canadians Abroad at www.travel.gc.ca.
Foreign Affairs minister Francois-Philippine Champagne admitted that the government will not be able to repatriate everyone, stating that they are having difficulty dealing with airspace closures and travel bans imposed by different governments around the world.
Global Affairs Canada has received 10,000 calls and 14,000 emails in the last 48 hours, Champagne told the CBC.
For Canadians unable to leave, the Government of Canada will be providing consular assistance.
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO CONFIRMED CASES CONTINUES TO CLIMB
The province of Ontario reported 78 new confirmed cases on March 23, 2020.
Ontario now has a total of 503 confirmed cases, which includes 6 deaths.
With schools still closed, Ontario Education minister Stephen Lecce issued an open letter telling parents that the provincial government is exploring new ways to keep coursework going if the pandemic prevents schools from opening on April 6, 2020.
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