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Ontario parents can soon apply for 2nd COVID-19 payout, should come before holidays – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ontario parents will soon be able to apply for their next COVID-19 cheque from the provincial government and should receive the funds before the holidays.
On Friday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the application portal to receive the second payout will open “within the next week.”
“It’s part of a broader effort to get money in the pockets of parents ahead of the holidays,” he said. “We know it’s tough. We are going to be there for parents and for the kids.”
The second payment was initially announced when the province tabled its budget earlier this month.
Parents of children aged 12 or younger will again be able to receive a one-time payment of $200 per child, and $250 for children 21 years of age or younger with special education needs.
This is the second payout from the province to Ontario families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first payout came in the spring.
The payments are meant as “a measure of relief” for those affected by outbreaks of the disease in schools and for those choosing to learn at home.
The government will spend $380 million on the second payout to parents, on top of the $378 million from the first round.
Last week, the province announced that Ontario schools will not have an extended winter break.
On Friday, Lecce said the government is doing everything possible to keep students, staff and parents safe amid the second wave of the disease.
“The chief medical officer of health made a determination that at this time (an extended winter break) is not required,” Lecce said. “His belief is that our schools remain fundamentally safe, with 99.9 per cent of kids in the province COVID-19 free.”
“If the circumstances change – as you know, I acted to close schools, the first in the country, and I obviously will act to add new layers of prevention, or take additional recommendations from public health.”
Premier Doug Ford and Lecce announced on Thursday that students at participating schools in Ontario COVID-19 hot spots will be able to get tested for the disease regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.
As of Friday, 4,470 lab-confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Ontario schools. There are 671 schools across the province that have reported an infection and six of those schools currently remain closed.
Black Friday comes with a warning in Manitoba – CBC.ca
The Manitoba government sent out a stern reminder Friday morning that its public health orders must be heeded.
Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, typically has crowds of people lining up well before stores open, but with a strict COVID-19 lockdown in place this year, the province wants the public to know that “personnel empowered to enforce public health orders will be out in full force.”
Anyone who breaks public health orders faces fines of $1,296 for individuals to $5,000 for business.
A news release from the province also urged Manitobans against leaving the province to shop in places where the restrictions aren’t as stringent.
In its release, the province noted a handful of new fines recently handed out, including in the Duck Mountain region, where $1,296 tickets were given to each of four hunters from Ontario for failing to self-isolate upon entering Manitoba.
A $5,000 fine went to Costco on McGillivray Avenue in Winnipeg for selling non-essential items on Thursday, while a ticket in the same amount was handed to the Church of God, south of Steinbach, for holding a service on Nov. 22.
- Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact must self-isolate.
- Anyone arriving in Manitoba is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to reduce the spread of COVID-19, with some exceptions.
- Wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces is required, in addition to maintaining the required social distance of two metres in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. The fine for not wearing a mask is $298.
- Gatherings at private residences are restricted, with some exceptions.
- Gatherings of more than five people at any outdoor or indoor public place or in the common area of a multi-unit residence are prohibited, with some exceptions.
- Retailers allowed to remain open must only sell essential items in person.
- Businesses must limit the number of members of the public at the business to 25 per cent of the usual capacity of the premises or 250 persons, whichever is lower.
- Places of worship must be closed and drive-in religious services are not permitted.
Despite the rules, the province said there are videos circulating widely on social media that show individuals gathering in groups larger than permitted. Anyone who knows the individuals involved is asked to call the COVID tip line at 204-945-3744 or toll-free at 1-866-626-4862.
Manitobans can also report compliance and enforcement issues online.
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