Following a week of guessing games, rumours and fake news, today the government announced the easing of restrictions that will allow the partial reopening of certain businesses, locations and activities starting May 3.
Six businesses, locations and activities can resume beginning Sunday 3rd May 2020:
1) General markets, flea markets, floating markets, community markets, street vendors and walking streets are all included.
2) Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops (does NOT include those inside shopping or community malls)
3) Retailers including supermarkets, convenience stores, mobile phone and IT shops, small local shops
4) Public parks, sporting activities such as tennis, cycling, running and golf (group gatherings or team sports such as football and rugby are NOT included)
5) Barbershops and salons to wash, cut, dry and style
6) Pet salons for grooming and pet daycare
Details on social distancing, general safety principles and hygiene standards that must be met will be published shortly, according to the announcement.
Provincial governors are permitted to maintain stricter standards but they must not fall below those in the government guidelines.
Over the next 14 days, the government will monitor the situation stating if the number of COVID-19 cases remains the same, then more easing of restrictions will be introduced.
The state of emergency and other measures such as the ban on inbound international passenger flights, closed borders, ban on large gatherings and the 10pm-4am curfew have been extended until May 31st 2020.
The ban on the sale of alcohol will continue “until further notice”.
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