Every day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.
And for now, we will be putting together Montreal and Canada’s top headlines daily to help you digest the news in one place.
Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.
Top coronavirus stories for July 2, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,541, after announcing 14 more deaths and 69 known cases since Wednesday.
According to Santé Quebec, there are now 55,593 cases in the province, 411 hospitalizations, and 32 patients in the ICU.
Currently, a reported 561,791 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.
Public health has updated Montreal’s data in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal metropolitan area has the unenviable role of having the most cases throughout the province.
With 27,349 known cases of the virus as of July 1, Montreal accounts for 49.1% of Quebec’s 55,593 total. Montreal also accounts for 3,396 of Quebec’s 5,541 (61.2%) coronavirus-related deaths.
For the first time since Wayne Gretzky wore an Oilers jersey during his playing career, the Stanley Cup will be awarded in the city of Edmonton this year.
Edmonton and Toronto will be the NHL’s hub cities for the qualifying round as well as the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final, however, will be played entirely in Edmonton according to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Life is about to get a little bit more refreshing at Parc Jean-Drapeau, as Jean-Doré beach is slated to open to the public for the summer as of Saturday, July 11.
The gold-sanded beach, an easy drive from downtown, is implementing new measures and some reduced services due to the ongoing pandemic.
To limit the spread of the virus, Jean-Doré beach is closing certain sectors and services that might be a health risk. Changing rooms will no longer be accessible, and guests are asked to shower and suit up before coming to the beach.
After shutting down on March 13, for safety reasons regarding COVID-19, the Casino de Montreal will reopen to the public as of August 3.
Quebec’s biggest casino will tack on some pretty strict health precautions when its doors reopen.
For starters, the Casino de Montreal will have opening and closing hours instead of being open 24/7. To allow for a “thorough disinfection,” the casino will be open every day from 9 am to 4 am.