COVID-19 UPDATE FOR APRIL 2, 2020
Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.
My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information here in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.
Please continue to follow updates from Ottawa Public Health.
- Mayor hosting virtual town hall on April 9th
- Applications open Monday for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- Update on Ottawa-Gatineau border crossing checkpoints – scan the news for more details
- Public required to identify themselves if charged with breaching a COVID-19 Emergency Order
- Ontario Provincial Update
- O-YA Virtual Drop In
- Ottawa Public Library Story Time
- Two Beats Ahead Virtual Jazz Concert
Mayor hosting virtual town hall on April 9th
- The Mayor, the Chief of Police, and the Medical Officer of Health will host a virtual town hall next Thursday, April 9th, at 2 p.m.
- Residents can watch online on the city’s social media channels or on Rogers Television.
- The meeting will provide residents a chance to get an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 as well as ask questions.
- We will share more details as they become available.
Applications open Monday for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
- Applications open on Monday, April 6, for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
- This benefit provides $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to eligible workers (employed or self-employed) who have stopped working due to COVID-19.
- You can apply for the CERB whether or not you are eligible for EI.
- If you’ve already applied for EI, you’re all set up. You don’t need to do anything on April 6.
- Any eligible and unprocessed EI claims dated after March 15 will be automatically folded into the CERB program.
- Starting April 6 there will be a single portal to assist you with the application process.
- To speed up your application, you can do these things right now:
- If you’re receiving the federal government’s wage subsidy through your employer (once that program launches), you can’t receive the emergency benefit. It’s one or the other.
Update on Ottawa-Gatineau border crossing checkpoints
- As of noon yesterday, the Quebec Government began running checkpoints to limit non-essential travel from Ottawa into Gatineau.
- The measures are to prevent Ontario residents from going to Québec for shopping or other non-essential activities.
- The checkpoints are not permanent. They will be used at random and temporary intervals.
- SQ officers are questioning drivers entering Québec about what the reason for their trip is. If the reason is not for work, health care, or “humanitarian reasons”, drivers are being told to turn their vehicle around and return to Ontario.
- Québec residents who go to Ontario for work or other business will be permitted to return home. Those returning to their homes in Québec could be asked for proof of residence or for proof that they work in Ontario.
- Motorists can expect to see random checkpoints here:
- Alexandra Bridge
- Portage Bridge
- Chaudieres Bridge
- Champlain Bridge
- Macdonald-Cartier Bridge
- Masson-Angers ferry
- Intersection of route 148 and Terry Fox Drive
- Ottawa Police have no plans to set up officers on the Ottawa side of interprovincial bridges
Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching a COVID-19 Emergency Order
- Anyone charged with violating Ontario’s emergency orders – mainly related to group gatherings and business/facility closures – will have to identify themselves if asked by an official enforcing the rules. That could be a police officer or a bylaw officer here in Ottawa.
- Failure to do so could mean a fine of up to $1,000.
- The Ontario Government says the “temporary power” approved Wednesday requires any person charged under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to correctly identify themselves.
- Official news release here
Ontario Provincial Update
O-YA Virtual Drop In
The first week of O-YA's Virtual Youth Centre last week went really well! Here's what we're doing this week:
- Virtual Teen Drop In this Friday, April 3 from 6 pm - 9 pm for youth in Grades 7 - 12. Using Zoom (you need to sign up for Zoom; but it's free), you should be able to click on this link and join our 'meeting': https://zoom.us/j/242624070. If it's not working for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org and she can help you!
- O-YA Youth Workers as Virtual Pen Pals If you are a Before or After School participant, or volunteer you should already have received an email about this. If not, please reach out to email@example.com! If you are not either of these, but would still like to be Pen Pals with an O-YA Youth Worker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram: Emily will be posting a close up picture of something outside in Osgoode Village (this week's picture is above!). Keeping Physical Distancing in mind, we encourage youth to explore Osgoode Village and see if you can find this item. Once you've found it, send us a selfie of you and the item. Winners get a 'Porch Delivered' prize!
- Tuesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram: Check in with Peter, O-YA's rabbit, to see how he's doing in Self-Isolation!
- Wednesday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram: Great tips on how to stay well during COVID-19, and Joe's Wow Me Wednesday videos!
- Thursday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram: Look for your invitation to submit a funny photo or video! We will post a collage of entries on Friday
- Saturday on O-YA's Facebook & Instagram: Lindsay's Self Care & Mindfulness Tips
While O-YA's building is closed, people can still reach out to O-YA by email to email@example.com, website at www.o-ya.ca, Facebook or Instagram @oyacentre.
Ottawa Public Library Story Time
Ottawa Public Library’s Bilingual Online Story Time. It has been an overwhelming success!
We will continue to work on high-quality, online content and resources as we progress through this.
As many of you know, we launched Isolation Recreation for Adults and Teens as well as for kids. . Please check out these valuable resources and share with your residents:
Adults and Teens: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/isolation-recreation
Two Beats Ahead Virtual Jazz Concert
Due to COVID-19,Ottawa New Horizons "Two Beats Ahead" Jazz Band had to cancel its live benefit concert on April 4, 2020. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has lost all of the proceeds from this event. So, to make up for some of the loss, how about a virtual concert? While physical distancing, go online and watch a live performance by Two Beats Ahead from December 2019. Enjoy the music and then purchase your "virtual concert ticket" by visiting www.guidedogs.ca and make a donation online. We suggest $10 as the price of a ticket, but "pay what you want". The virtual concert premieres online at 8:00pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Go to https://tinyurl.com/TWOBEATS2020 and enjoy the concert!
Date: April 4th, 2020