What's going on?
We're not saying the pandemic has ended and everything has returned back to normal, but IKEA has reopened. And that says something.
What does it say, exactly?
When the massive multi-nationals–the ones that can afford to stay shut indefinitely–decide that they have the measures to reopen safely, a corner has been turned. See also the H&M on Rideau Street, which is also reopening.
Is this good news?
It depends if people continue to be smart: wear masks in public, wash their hands, stay six feet away from people they don't live with. Do this, and we'll all be as chill as a Blomdoft scented candle. If not, cases will rise and life will be frozen once again, like a Utspädd ice pop maker.
We'll see you Monday — Martha and Darren
Weather: Showers or thunderstorms. High of 28°.
There have been 1,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, an increase of eight since yesterday, and 240 deaths, an increase of two.
Canadian Blood Services wants plasma from COVID-19 survivors in the hope that antibodies will help current patients [CBC]
Staffer in Gatineau long-term care home dies of COVID-19 [CBC]
Premier Doug Ford says inspectors refused to enter long-term care homes, fearing for their safety, so he is off the hook [Ottawa Matters]
Contact tracing is a fine art and thousands of Federal workers are preparing in case of a second wave [Toronto Star]
Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is a series of “regional epidemics” [Toronto Star]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
Passengers and staff must wear masks on OC Transpo after June 15
Committee approves 40 two-storey townhouses and 30 taller back-to-back townhouses between Klondike Road and Shirley's Brook Drive in Kanata
Woman accuses Ottawa Deputy Police Chief of sexual harrassment, completely unrelatedly, her cop husband is subsequently subject of numerous conduct probes
Atlético Ottawa release their new Italian-designed jersey
👨👧👦 Father's Day 2020: Locally-sourced cool stuff for Dad
Hummingbird Chocolate has some very grown-up, dad-friendly new Whisky Caramels, made with single origin 70% dark chocolate and Canadian whisky from @lot40. At $14.99 they won’t break the bank and Dad will think they’re really, really cool. [Hummingbird Chocolate]
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