COVID-19 recap: feds prepping to open up national parks, Queen’s Park announces details of Phase One, Health Unit confirms another death

Here's what you may have missed on Thursday, May 14th 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government is working on opening up national parks and heritage sites across the country for summer use. Premier Doug Ford has handed down a plan to reopen more businesses in the coming days. Although the local Health Unit announced over two dozen recoveries, it is confirming another life lost.

Government of Canada

National parks will remain closed over the Victoria Day long weekend but the federal government announced the gradual reopening of parks and heritage sites on June 1st. Camping in parks will remain off-limits at least until June 21.

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Province of Ontario

Premier Doug Ford has announced much of Ontario’s economy will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday, May 19. The province is easing restrictions for the construction industry and opening more shopping options on Tuesday. You will also be allowed to play tennis, swing a golf club and visit your private park or campground this Victoria Day long weekend.

RELATED: PREMIER DOUG FORD ANNOUNCES MUCH OF ONTARIO ECONOMY WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Thus far, the SMDHU is reporting 258 recoveries to date, which represents just over 64 percent of all 401 confirmed cases the health unit has reported. The Health Unit added another death in connection to COVID-19, a woman in her 80’s at Owen Hill Retirement Home in Barrie. She represents the region’s 32nd loss.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health provides live updates via Facebook video every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.

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