It's be careful of what you wish for day. Today, restaurants can open their indoor areas and the bars and pubs can reopen.
This has been allowed because the Province believes that the coronavirus is in a manageable state. And the past few weeks have definitely shown progress.
But in the seven days.. there are reasons to be concerned. Montreal has become a hotspot again because of bars. Toronto is still in Stage 2 because the cases remain stubborn. Even Saskatchewan has seen outbreaks in farming communities.
And Ottawa, after a few weeks of cases going down, has seen spikes again.
It's a stark reminder that the coronavirus is not done with us yet and everything that is opening today can be closed just as quickly if we let down our guard.
Enjoy the weekend but wear your mask. Unlike these marchers, who will be protesting mask wearing on Sunday.
We'll see you Monday – Martha and Darren
Weather: ⛈️ A few showers or thunderstorms. High of 30°
Quote: “We would love, love, love to have live shows right away. But we have to balance that with our responsibility that if we don't get this right, it's going to be a long time before live music comes back” – Scott Ruffo, owner of The Brass Monkey in Nepean, on the pitfalls of reopening. [CBC]
⭕ There have been 2182 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and 263 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports – a 20 day streak.
⭕ The Federal government will provide $19 billion to the provinces to safely restart the economy. [CBC]
⭕ Messy gardens and noxious weeds at O-Train station? Blame COVID-19 says the Rideau Transit Maintenance [CBC]
⭕ A mobile testing booth has been set up on Cedarwood Drive in Heron Gate today. Heron Gate is one of Ottawa's hardest hit neighbourhoods. [CFRA]
WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️Electric scooters rentals hit Ottawa's streets
▪️Mountie charged with with 34 counts of voyeurism and three counts of sexual assault
▪️Three Ottawa companies receive Federal start-up money
▫️Bank Street will be opened to pedestrians and cyclists between Queen and Flora streets tomorrow and every Saturday
▫️The National Gallery is free this weekend. Food services are closed, but the boutique and the washrooms are open.
▫️As of Friday morning, these drive-ins still had tickets
Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Iron Man (Friday and Saturday)
The Drive-in at Wesley Clover Park: Finding Nemo, Saw (Sunday)
Ciné Parc Urban: The Karate Kid, Bad Boys II (Friday), Baby Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Saturday)
🍁 Made In Canada
It’s been a while since we found a Made in Canada blanket, so we were excited to come across Anupaya’s glorious Mackenzie. Made of recycled wool and polyester in Canada (with the fabric sourced in Italy), this is a huge, snuggly looking thing that would suit the home or cottage. A big plus: it’s machine washable. $134. [Anupaya]
🍽️ 🍺 Food + beer news
Big news in the beer world: Some taprooms have reopened. Check with your local brewery.
▫️Evergreen gives you the choice between the taproom (so, no problem if the thunderstorms return) and the patio. The patio and taproom are open Mon-Thurs 11:00am to 9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am = 10:00pm, Sun 11:00am to 6:00pm. [Evergreen]
▫️Stalwart Brewing has released a batch of Big Papa peach and apricot pale ale, just in time for the weekend. They recommend pairing it with your BBQ treats. Get it delivered or pick it up. $3.35/can [Stalwart]
▫️Whiprsnapr Brewing is releasing not one but two beers today: the Pineapple Bomb Piña Colada IPA, which is loaded with pineapple and coconut aromas and citrus hops, $3.54 for a can; and Hopatite for Destruction, a new entrant into the Unfiltrd Project. The brewery describes it as a New England IPA with lemon, lime, pithy orange, tropical fruit, berry and papaya and it’s in very limited supply from noon today. $4.42/can [Whiprsnapr]
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