N.L. enters 3rd week with no new positive cases, loosens some restrictions

Newfoundland and Labrador has made it through one full incubation period of COVID-19 without a single new reported case, as Friday marked 15 days straight without one. 

The province’s caseload has stalled at 260, with 253 people recovered. There are four active cases.

As of Friday’s briefing 11,105 people have been tested — 122 in the last 24 hours.

As the province heads into the weekend, the provincial government will issue its regular COVID-19 updates through news releases on Saturday and Sunday. But a further change is coming beginning next week. 

Premier Dwight Ball announced Friday the provincial government will hold briefings on a Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays schedule and issue news releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

“There’s a big focus on time management of our public health officials. So this is a consideration of the workload that has increased with them as we open up our province and our economy,” Ball said.

“This will give them the time to do the important work as we start operating in what will be a new normal for Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Ball said if things change — a surge in new cases, for example — the daily panel will resume. 

Some restrictions eased

Newfoundland and Labrador is now two weeks into Alert Level 4 of its reopening plan. 

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said prevention measures will be even more important as the province looks to move to Level 3, tentatively on June 8.

“We are all very eager to resume our normal routines, and these activities we enjoy, and continuing to practise these measures will allow us to do so,” she said.

Fitzgerald announced the reopening of some services. Effective immediately, she said, outdoor tennis courts may reopen, and pet grooming services may resume Monday — both with some restrictions. 

For tennis, players are required to bring and label their own equipment and are prohibited from sharing equipment with other players. Physical distancing must be maintained. Doubles play may happen with members of your own bubble.

Pet grooming services must ensure advanced cleaning protocols and have policies in place to ensure physical distancing. Businesses must also screen for potential COVID-19 exposure and staff must wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

Camping

Fitzgerald said limited overnight camping will be permitted when the province reaches Alert Level 3.

“Access will be limited to self-contained units including RVs or cabins that have a water supply, holding tanks and personal washroom facilities as long as they are located in an area with at least 30 feet between occupied camp sites,” she said.

“Tent camping will not be permitted in Level 3. Campground owners should have policies in place to ensure physical distancing recommendations are maintained and offer contactless services where possible.”

All shared facilities, such as washrooms, showers, cook houses, playgrounds and club houses must remain closed. Campground owners are also responsible for developing communications plans to ensure campers are aware of the rules and preventive measures. 

This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this story is below.

Ahead of Friday’s daily briefing on COVID-19 and its impact in Newfoundland and Labrador, businesses — and ways to help them — are taking centre stage. 

Tom Osborne, who is both the province’s finance minister and minister for Service NL, outlined new breaks for local businesses. 

A further relaxing of public health measures is a little less than two-and-a-half-weeks away. While some businesses have shifted to an online market to stay afloat, others have wondered how they will do so.

Ahead of Friday’s briefing, the province’s total caseload remains at 260, with 253 people recovered, three people in hospital and three deaths. There are four active cases in the province. 

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N.L. enters 3rd week with no new positive cases, loosens some restrictions

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