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Daily Workplace Wrap-up on COVID-19 for July 9, 2020

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Below are the key government announcements made on July 9, 2020 that touch on workplace issues. Our daily (weekday) and weekend overviews of previous government announcements, employment analyses and other COVID-19 information are available here

The Federal Government

The government published its previously announced regulations amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations as a result of COVID-19. These amendments extend the time period for temporary layoffs and provide federally regulated employers with more time to recall laid-off employees.

Alberta

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

British Columbia

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

Manitoba

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

New Brunswick

The government announced that the provincial State of Emergency was extended on July 9, 2020. The latest version of the applicable order is here.

Individuals looking to travel to New Brunswick now have access to pre-travel registration services. Further details may be found here and on the online registration page.

Newfoundland and Labrador

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

Nova Scotia

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

Ontario

The government announced the extension of all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020.  A copy of the extension order is available here

The government also announced increased support for farmers through enhanced insurance protections for crop losses, including in the event of labour shortages due to COVID-19.

Prince Edward Island

There were no major government updates as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

Quebec

The government announced additional measures to ensure compliance with health regulations in the province's bars. As of July 10, 2020:

  • bars will be required to stop selling alcoholic beverages at midnight instead of 3 a.m. and people in bars will have to be out of the bar by 1 a.m.;
  • bars' capacity is limited to 50% of the capacity indicated on their liquor permits;
  • there will be a ban on dance activities and clients will be required to be seated to consume alcohol.

A register to record the contact information of a bar's customers, or of a person designated by a group of customers, will be required.

Saskatchewan

The government announced that the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was updated to provide:

  • Temporary Food Vendor Guidelines;
  • Racing and Rodeo Guidelines;
  • Banquet and Conference Facilities Guidelines; and
  • Car Show and Trade Show Guidelines.

The government also announced that seating areas are now permitted at drive-in theatres, as well as public and farmers markets, and effective July 16, 2020, live performances will be permitted in restaurants, licensed establishments and at public and farmers markets. 

Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon

In Nunavut, the Public Health Emergency was extended until July 23, 2020.

There were no major government updates in the Yukon or the Northwest Territories as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 9, 2020.

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