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Canada just released criteria that a province should meet before reopening its economy

Canada just released definitive criteria that a province or territory should meet before reopening its economy, and there are seven requirements on the list.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments have come to an agreement on a set of common principles for restarting the Canadian economy.

The guidelines are based on the expert opinion of scientists and "will be informed by experiences in other countries in Asia, Europe, and around the world."

The "criteria and measures" that need to be in place in order for a province to restart its economy are as follows:

COVID-19 transmission is controlled

The number of new COVID-19 cases in a province must be at a level that health care systems can manage.

There must be a stabilisation in the number of hospitalisations, with the possible exception of isolated outbreaks.

Sufficient testing in place

The province must have testing and contact tracing in place, so that suspected COVID-19 cases are detected quickly. All close contacts of those cases must be traced, quarantined, and monitored.

Expanded health care capacity

The province's health care system should be able to support all needs. They should have surge capacity in case of future COVID-19 outbreaks, and other means (e.g. virtual care) to support those seeking healthcare during the pandemic.

Provinces should also have services in place to procure personal protective equipment, drugs, and other medical supplies — particularly to ensure  that there's an adequate supply in case of a resurgence of the virus.

Supports for vulnerable groups

A province must have sustained measures in place to protect vulnerable groups and communities.

Those groups include seniors, residents of group living facilities, workers in close quarters, inmates, homeless people, and Indigenous people and those living in remote locations, along with health care workers and other essential workers.

Workplace preventative measures

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, a province must have protocols in place.

Those protocols can include administrative controls, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, and access to personal protective equipment where physical distancing is not possible.

Avoiding risk of importation

A province must avoid the "importation" of the virus.

The province can slowly ease restrictions on non-essential domestic travel, but the reopening of international borders and access for non-Canadian residents may only happen in later stages.

Engage and support

Provincial governments must support communities in managing local disease activity, including at childcare centres, schools, and public transportation.

In his statement, Trudeau emphasized the importance of opening the economy "through a gradual approach" that protects the health of Canadians, particularly those that are most at risk.

"Our priority is keeping all Canadians safe, while getting back to normal as much as we can," Trudeau said. "Together, we will continue to work collaboratively to keep Canadians safe and healthy, and protect our economy."

Several Canadian provinces have already released plans to reopen their economies over the past week, including Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.

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