Ontario reports 356 new COVID-19 cases, as province allows short-term rentals to resume starting Friday

Ontario reported an additional 356 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, June 4, as the province announced that short-term rentals will be allowed to resume operations on Friday, June 5.

The province has shut down all non-essential short-term rental operations due to COVID-19 exactly two months ago. Today, Minister of Economic Development Victor Fedeli made the announcement on Twitter saying that:

 “Short term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums, and B&Bs will be allowed to resume operations in Ontario starting June 5 at 12:01 a.m.,” the minister tweeted.

“I know there are a lot of people that need that income and there are a lot of people that want to rent the place,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “So we are working on that right now.”

The province also provided advice for operators and those renting in a statement Thursday.

“Owners should consult health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests,” the statement said.

“Operators and guests should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently.”

This is part of the actions to slowly reopen businesses and resume activities across the province during phase 1 of its reopening. 

The new 356 COVID-19 cases reported today brings the provincial total confirmed cases to 29,403, of which, 23,208 (about 79%) have recovered, 2,347 deaths. There are now 3,838 active cases. 

The province says it processed 20,822 test samples yesterday, more than any other single day. 

About 80% of the deaths reported by the province were residents in long-term care homes. The ministry says out of the 630 long-term care facilities in the prince, it has tracked outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in a total of 309 facilities. There are now 89 active outbreaks, the fewest since mid-April

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