Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 29 2020, 2:30 pm

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 June 29, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec reports 37 new coronavirus deaths, over 300 more confirmed cases

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,485 after announcing 37 more deaths and 311 cases since Thursday, June 25.

On Thursday, the Quebec government opted to favour a weekly coronavirus data summary instead of continuing to report the numbers daily. After receiving public backlash, the government reversed its decision and as of today, resumed publishing daily data.

According to Santé Quebec, there are now 55,390 cases in the province, 455 hospitalizations, and 45 patients in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 584,567 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.

Samuel De Champlain Bridge to remain rainbow-lit for another month

The Samuel De Champlain Bridge will continue to show rainbow-colours of support to Montrealers and Canadians throughout July.

Infrastructure Canada has announced the Champlain Bridge will continue light up every Sunday from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Officials remind people to respect public health’s directives including the need to avoid gatherings.

Canada has flattened the COVID-19 curve faster than other countries: officials

When it comes to flattening the COVID-19 curve, Canada has fared better and done it faster than a number of other countries, health officials said on Monday.

During a press conference, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said Canada has flattened the curve faster than countries such as the UK, Italy, and the US.

She noted that other countries such as South Korea and Japan have demonstrated “strong epidemic control” to keep their curves flatter overall.

And in Canada, the number of new daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has been “steadily declining.”

Still, Tam noted the latest figures show that a total of 103,250 COVID-19 cases have been recorded across the country to date. Of these, there have been 8,522 deaths, and the percentage of cases deemed fully recovered is now 64%.

Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection after months-long closure

Cirque du Soleil is filing for bankruptcy protection after months of closure at the hands of COVID-19.

The circus’ revenue was completely devastated by the pandemic, resulting in dozens of its productions being cancelled across the world.

The entertainment company says the Quebec Superior Court will hear its application for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, and it will seek bankruptcy protection in the US, per Cirque’s press release.

Air Canada ends physical distancing on flights, reintroduces meal service

Air Canada is updating its policies surrounding health and safety measures through a variety of avenues, including replacing its previous physical distancing procedure implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic that ensured that adjacent seats in Economy Class were empty.

Beginning this Wednesday, July 1, the airline will instead be offering a “new transparent process” that provides flexible rebooking alternatives on flights where Economy Class is booked near capacity. Passengers will now receive email notifications before check-in, and separate announcements will also be made at the departure gates.

Downtown’s Time Out Market will reopen to the public next week

The Eaton Centre’s luxurious new food court is done taking a time out.

After pausing operations in March to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Time Out Market Montréal will reopen to the public as of Wednesday, July 8.

The massive market has adopted “intensified” safety precautions and new systems have been implemented to ensure guests with an enjoyable dining experience while prioritizes the health and safety of customers, employees, and concessionaires, according to a press release.

Blue Jays players will live and play inside Rogers Centre: report

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting the hell out of Florida, and they’re on their way back to Canada.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed that the team plans to travel to Toronto, with on-field practices to follow beginning on July 1. The team intends to play games at Rogers Centre, though they’re still waiting on formal approval.

26 NHL players have tested positive for coronavirus this month

A total of 26 NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19 since the league moved into Phase 2 on June 8.

There are 250 players that have reported to team facilities for optional participation in on-ice practice. Those players are required to follow the NHL’s strict safety rules and have been tested.

A total of 1,450 tests have been administered, the league says, with 15 players testing positive — an increase in four since June 19.