Some Canadian provinces begin to reopen

Several provinces began to slowly loosen lockdown restrictions on Monday as Ottawa pledged CDN $850 million for the international fight against COVID-19.

Quebec, which accounts for more than half of Canada’s coronavirus cases, including deaths from the illness, was reopening retail stores outside Montreal while those in the greater Montreal area are to reopen next Monday.

Ontario, the other virus epicentre, was allowing a few mostly seasonal businesses to reopen, including garden centres with curbside pickups, lawn care and landscaping companies, and automatic car washes.

Some believe that this reopening is premature.