Stage 3 is imminent. No dancing for joy, though, that's still banned.
Starting Friday, restaurants can start socially distancing indoor dining; groups can meet in numbers of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors; cinemas, libraries, and gyms can reopen with frequent cleaning; and the kids can now play on the outdoor playgrounds.
And it's because Ottawa has been playing by the rules, keeping coronavirus cases down. Eleven other areas, including Greater Toronto, remain in Stage 2 for the foreseeable future.
As Mayor Jim Watson told CFRA “"We have to approach it with an element of caution, we don't want to celebrate too soon because there are still cases each and every day.”
This is a valid fear. California opened up, people flocked to the bars and restaurants, and now they have closed everything up again.
Dr. Colin Furness, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is one of the skeptics. He told the National Post, “My biggest concern is that we’re not doing schools first. Once we get schools open and if we can have them fully open and do that for a month without suffering, then I would have a much better appetite for some of the things on the stage three list.”
Yet, here we are.
In that spirit, it's Restaurant Wednesday tomorrow – reply back to us if you have a neighbourhood favourite that you'd like us to highlight. – Martha and Darren
Weather: ⛈️ 40% chance of showers. High of 27°
Quote: “For a donation you could buy your name on a seat. Whether it was for a name, a business, for a dog. I genuinely thought we’d sell, oh we’ll sell 10 or 20 at a 150 bucks apiece and we’ll make a couple hundred dollars. We sold everything” – Josh Stafford, co-owner of the Mayfair Theatre. Cinemas and theatres can reopen under Stage 3 on Friday with much reduced seating. [CFRA]
⭕ There have been 2159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 17 day streak.
⭕ Masks are now mandatory on Gatineau buses [CBC]
⭕ You can exercise in a gym without a mask, says Dr Vera Etches. You must wear a mask when entering but you can breathe free during the actual exercise. [CFRA]
⭕ The Federal Wage Subsidy programme is expected to be extended until December. No word on whether CERB will follow suit. [CFRA]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️City Hall has dropped its latest album, Now That's What I Call Ottawa Music 2020
▪️Python missing somewhere in Gatineau
▪️Kanata Golf & Country Club face off in court over redevelopment
▪️The Brass Monkey may be the first live music club to reopen
🍁 Made In Canada
We return to our Made in Canada feature with a spotlight on a Montreal swimwear manufacturer.
▫️Selfish Swimwear. Made in Montreal, Selfish Swimwear uses mostly recycled fibres fabric to create sustainable pieces. They want to create pieces that will last at least five years, and they offer a repair service for the second year and beyond (the stitching is guaranteed for the first year of ownership). Designer Naomie Caron does most of it herself but hires subcontractors when needed. She designs, makes the patterns, and sews all the collections. It’s also super important for Naomi that the suits flatter all sorts of bodies, and help the wearer feel confident no matter what the size or shape.
“SELFISH swimwear is an ethical and responsible swimwear brand that advocates body positivity. Handmade in our Montreal studio, each piece is made with care and love. From the design to the sewing, we make it all. We use mostly recycled fibres fabric to create sustainable and quality swimsuits that are comfortable and timeless.” [Selfish Swimwear]
▫️In other Made in Canada news, Local Laundry has teamed up with Milk Jar Candle to create Hang Dry, a candle with the smell of summer: watermelon and mint. Sounds fabulous. [Milk Jar]
⚙️ Work Here
▫️Marketing Campaigns Manager
🏘️ Live here
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