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Center for Active Design CEO & President Joanna Frank joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss how COVID-19 is accelerating investments in “healthy buildings”.
Center for Active Design CEO & President Joanna Frank joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss how COVID-19 is accelerating investments in “healthy buildings”.
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DENVER, CO, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- CBD Global Sciences Inc. (CSE: CBDN) (the "Company") would like to provide an update on the status of the filing of its annual financial statements, accompanying management’s discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certifications for the year ended December 31, 2020 (collectively, the "Annual Filings"). Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, and the logistical complications for its auditor to conduct the audit of certain operations, the Company anticipates the Annual Filings will be delayed beyond the required filing deadline: (i) under Parts 4 and 5 of National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Obligations and pursuant to National Instrument 52-109 – Certification of Disclosure in Issuer’s Annual and Interim Filings, being April 30, 2021 (the "Filing Deadline"). The Company intends to continue to work diligently and expeditiously with its auditors and expects to file the Annual Filings as soon as possible, and in any event no later than June 15, 2021. Other than as previously disclosed by the Company and herein with this press release, the Company confirms that there have been no material business developments since the date of its last financial statements that were filed. Management Cease Trade Order Application In light of the delay in filing of the Annual Filings prior to the Filing Deadline, the Company is providing this default announcement in accordance with National Policy 12-203 Management Cease Trade Orders ("NP 12-203"). The Company has made an application to the Alberta Securities Commission (the "ASC"), as principal regulator of the Company, for a management cease trade order ("MCTO") under NP 12-203 in respect of the anticipated default regarding the Annual Filings. The granting of the MCTO is at the discretion of the Alberta Securities Commission and there is no guarantee that this will be granted. The issuance of the MCTO will not affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers, or insiders of the Company to trade in their securities. In the event that the MCTO is granted, it will be in effect until the default is remedied. The Company intends to follow the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines set out in NP 12-203, including the issuance of bi-weekly default status reports in the form of news releases, for as long as the Company remains in default. ABOUT CBD GLOBAL SCIENCES INC. CBD Global Sciences Inc., is a vertically integrated hemp-based CBD producer, extractor, and branding investment vehicle which currently owns two product categories, branded under the name AETHICS (www.aethics.com) and CANNAOIL (www.cannaoilshop.com), which include CBD Oil tinctures (liquid products), CBD capsules, CBD topicals and CBD hydration products. CBD Global’s hemp-derived CBD extracts are sold through select distributors, brick and mortar retailers, and online. CBD Global Sciences, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Strasburg Pharms, grows and operates irrigated land in Colorado that grows hemp with only all-natural Colorado water, soil, sun, and nutrients that is NEVER sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. Our genetics are hand selected and maintained to present the best cannabinoid profile with extremely high CBD. For further information, please contact, Investor Relations, (888) 401-2239, firstname.lastname@example.org. NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER HAS REVIEWED OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE. CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION: This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to future developments and the business and operations of the Corporation. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; and delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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Ontario blamed a vaccine shortage in some areas on a delayed shipment Wednesday as Ottawa pledged to keep pumping out Oxford-AstraZeneca shots following a safety review that found the product's benefits far outweigh its rare risks. Some immunization clinics in Ontario were forced to close their doors or cancel appointments due to what Premier Doug Ford said was a thrice-delayed shipment of the Moderna shot. "We were expecting the shipments to come in, but unfortunately we never ended up getting them," Ford said. "You can't plan properly if you don't know the flow of the product coming in through your production lines." The Scarborough Health Network in Toronto closed two immunization clinics, which had been vaccinating area residents over the age of 50, all Indigenous adults and health-care workers. It said it plans to reopen the clinics when a new shipment of vaccines arrives Monday. Toronto's University Health Network, meanwhile, said it paused registration for appointments for residents over age 18 who qualify for vaccination based on certain hot-spot postal codes, noting that more than 21,000 people had signed up for a shot. Two other Toronto hospitals – North York General and Michael Garron Hospital – said they were also temporarily closing clinics because of supply issues. Ontario has received a total of 4,506,495 doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, and administered 3,310,157 doses – or 73.45 per cent of the supply. Officials in Toronto insisted the city was not stockpiling vaccines, saying the only shots sitting in freezers are ones that are scheduled to be administered. "Fundamentally what we have here is an issue of supply," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city's medical officer of health. "We are all suffering as a result of a delay in arrival of vaccine." Public health officials said city-run mass immunization clinics don't have the same supply issues, because they are getting vaccines distributed by the city – primarily Pfizer-BioNTech shots – whereas the hospital networks get their product – mostly Moderna – directly from the province. The federal government, meanwhile, said it will continue offering the AstraZeneca shot following a review of safety data. The agency said the benefits of the shots far outweigh the risks posed by a new and extremely rare blood-clotting condition that may be linked to the product. Canada reported its first-ever case of a blood clot in a patient who received the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is reviewing the latest information and will decide if it needs to change its recommendation that the vaccine not be used on anyone under the age of 55. Contagious variants of COVID-19 have lent more urgency to the vaccine rollout, with numerous provinces managing major outbreaks. Ontario logged 4,156 new infections Wednesday, along with 28 more deaths linked to the virus. The numbers pushed the province's seven-day rolling average to just above 4,000 daily cases. The pandemic is also continuing to put immense pressure on Ontario's hospitals, with the province's health minister saying there are 642 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Quebec's hospital system is also being strained due to the novel coronavirus, with 660 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Of those, 152 are in intensive care, said Health Minister Christian Dube. The pressure on the system has forced some hospitals to delay medical procedures, he said. That makes it even more critical for people to follow public-health measures, Dube said. Quebec counted 1,559 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths Wednesday. Alberta, the province with the highest active case rate in Canada, reported 1,412 new infections and eight additional deaths. It had 420 people in hospital, with 92 in intensive care. Education officials also approved requests from school boards in Calgary to move students in grades 7 through 12 to online learning at home. Manitoba, with 86 new cases and three added deaths, expanded its vaccine eligibility by dropping the minimum age by one year to 39 for First Nations people and 59 for others. Saskatchewan recorded 193 new infections and one more death. The province said 203 people were hospitalized with the virus, including 41 in intensive care. Farther east, New Brunswick added 16 new cases, mostly in the hard-hit Edmundston area, which was placed in full lockdown last weekend. The province had 141 active cases of the virus – the most in Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador recorded three more infections, all of which the province said are related to travel. Nova Scotia reported two new infections for a total of 42 active cases. In the North, Yukon diagnosed one new case of COVID-19 – the second this week, and 76th since the start of the pandemic. The territory also confirmed its first cases of the COVID-19 variant of concern that first emerged in Brazil. The P.1 variant's arrival in Yukon is particularly worrying, the territory's chief medical officer said, because there's little information about how the strain responds to the Moderna vaccine, which has been administered to about 70 per cent of Yukon residents. "We cannot yet rely just on vaccination," Dr. Brendan Hanley said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021. Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
Wheaton Precious Metals™ Corp. will release its 2021 first quarter results on Thursday, May 6, 2021, after market close.
In one of the most contentious votes of the legislative session, the Florida House voted Wednesday to ban transgender athletes from women’s and girls’ scholastic sports.
Regina’s community wellness committee had to delay a vote on conversion therapy legislation Wednesday morning, working its way through a lengthy list of delegates speaking on two resolutions. The resolutions are: The committee recommend to council for "the Mayor to write to the Federal Government on behalf of Regina City Council in support of Bill C-6,” and the approval of that recommendation at council’s April 28 meeting. Committee chair and councillor Andrew Stevens (Ward 3) allowed 16 of the 26 scheduled delegates to speak. By noon they were out of time, prompting Stevens to schedule an additional meeting next week for the remaining speakers. The federal Bill C-6 had its first reading on Oct. 1 and its second on Dec. 11. The committee’s documents noted the federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights had to amend its definition of conversion therapy, re-introduced at the Dec. 11 reading. That definition says conversion therapy “means a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person’s gender or gender expression to cisgender, or to repress or reduce nonheterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour or non-cisgender gender expression.” The definition also says it doesn’t include “a practice, treatment or service that relates to the exploration and development of an integrated personal identity without favouring any particular sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” Emmanuel Sanchez, who grew up in Regina and moved to Calgary in January 2020, is one of the delegates who spoke opposing the resolutions based on Ottawa’s definition of conversion therapy. “I would absolutely get on board and support a federal conversion therapy ban, as long as it is worded correctly and truly bans the things they're trying to ban,” he told the Leader-Post. His critique is the proposed ban only allows for affirmative-type counselling, while prohibiting counselling work that challenges a client. Sanchez, now a youth pastor, cited his personal story as an example. He grew up in his Regina church community with same-sex attractions, eventually having gay relationships when he turned 16. Trying to understand himself, he sought counselling from a therapist who affirmed his gay identity, but didn’t alleviate his anxiety, depression or suicidal wishes. Sanchez said another therapist, a church pastor “who neither affirmed nor condemned my choices,” helped him work through his mental health struggles. Following his Christian faith, he has chosen to live a celibate life while seeing therapists to work through his same-sex attractions. Since Calgary passed a municipal bylaw banning conversion therapy last May, Sanchez has been denied services. “I still require support and counsel to help me live the life I've chosen,” he said. “I've been denied by (counselling agencies), because it has to do with helping me to live a celibate life.” Wednesday’s resolutions don’t, as of yet, seek to create a municipal bylaw banning conversion therapy, like what’s been done in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon. Sanchez encouraged the committee, if a municipal ban is created, to ensure it respects “the individual's freedom at any age to chose the type of support they want and their desired goals.” Calgary's bylaw allows for fines of up to $10,000 to be levied against people or businesses who violate it. email@example.com Evan Radford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Regina Leader-Post, The Leader-Post
(Bloomberg) -- Asian equities look set for a mixed open Thursday after U.S. stocks closed off all-time peaks as a drop in cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. overshadowed strong bank earnings. Crude oil trimmed gains.Futures dipped in Hong Kong and Australia and edged higher in Japan. U.S. contracts climbed after a slide in technology shares pulled benchmarks off record levels. Coinbase traded down in its Nasdaq debut, and Bitcoin slid from its high. The S&P 500 Index fluctuated as traders attended to earnings from some of the world’s biggest banks, including revenue windfalls for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.Read: Coinbase Selloff After Trading Debut Spills Into Bitcoin RallyTreasuries slipped in U.S. hours though the benchmark 10-year yield at 1.63% remains well off its highs. The dollar extended losses.Traders in Asia will focus on the People’s Bank of China’s cash injection Thursday, as a signal of whether policy makers are ready to provide fresh liquidity to ease rising concerns over tightening supply.With equities hovering around record levels, traders are watching the earnings season for further catalysts. Expectations for a strong profit rebound have buoyed indexes, setting the bar high as reporting gets underway. More broadly, investors are alert to any setbacks to the economic recovery from spikes in Covid-19 infections and troubled vaccine rollouts.“You’re going to see this tug-of-war continue within markets as investors weigh the prospects of a strengthening economy with the risk of rising inflationary pressures,” said Adam Phillips, managing director of portfolio strategy at EP Wealth Advisors.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the central bank’s continued support for the recovery in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington Wednesday. He also noted that a pullback in asset purchases would happen “well before” policy makers consider raising interest rates.Meanwhile, U.S. health officials wrapped up a meeting on the possible side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Wednesday without a vote, effectively extending a pause on its use.Bitcoin touched a record of $64,870 before slipping. Oil trimmed an overnight jump but remained close to $63 a barrel as shrinking crude stockpiles in the U.S. supported hopes for a global demand recovery.Some key events to watch this week:U.S. data including initial jobless claims, industrial production and retail sales come Thursday.China economic growth, industrial production and retail sales figures are on Friday.These are some of the main moves in financial markets:StocksS&P 500 futures were 0.2% higher as of 7:45 a.m. in Tokyo. The index closed down 0.4%.Nikkei 225 futures were up 0.1%.Hang Seng futures fell 0.5% earlier.S&P/ASX 200 futures were down 0.5%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steady after falling 0.2% in U.S. trade.The euro was at $1.1983.The Japanese yen was at 108.93 per dollar.The offshore yuan was at 6.5316 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points to 1.63%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude slipped 0.4% to $62.91 a barrel.Gold was at $1,736.77 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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MONACO, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eneti Inc. (NYSE: NETI) (the “Company”) announced today that Scorpio Holdings Limited (“SHL”), a related party, has purchased 26,129 common shares of the Company at an average price of $19.95 per share in the open market. The Company currently has 11,233,604 common shares outstanding, of which SHL and its affiliates own 3,325,819 or 29.61%. About Eneti Inc. Eneti Inc. announced on August 3, 2020, its intention to transition away from the business of dry bulk commodity transportation and towards marine-based renewable energy including investing in the next generation of wind turbine installation vessels. The Company intends to sell or have commitments to sell its remaining wholly-owned or finance leased dry bulk vessels during 2021. Additional information about the Company is available on the Company’s website www.Eneti-Inc.com, which is not a part of this press release. Forward-Looking Statements Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation, and specifically decline any obligation, except as required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk vessel capacity, the length and severity of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including its effects on demand for dry bulk products and the transportation thereof, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and the availability of capital resources (including for capital expenditures) and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, planned capital expenditures, our ability to successfully identify, consummate, integrate and realize the expected benefits from acquisitions and changes to our business strategy, fluctuations in the value of our investments, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. CONTACT: Contact: Eneti Inc. +377-9798-5715 (Monaco) +1-646-432-1675 (New York)
South Texas officials say they are worried about flooding during the hurricane season starting June 1 from breaches in a levee system that remain after border wall construction was halted. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez told Border Report Wednesday that there are at least four breaches in the levee system protecting Hidalgo County's low-lying region from floods during a major storm.
Activists and opposition figures cried foul Wednesday after Mexico’s Senate passed legislation to require cellphone companies to gather customers’ identification and biometric data, like fingerprints or eye scans. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party supported the bill, saying it is needed to fight crimes like extortion and kidnapping that frequently involve the use of cellphones. The legislation, which was already passed by the Chamber of Deputies, would give cell companies two years to collect the data and make it available to the government.
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The dispute over blockades aimed at preventing old-growth trees from being logged in Pacheedaht territory on southwest Vancouver Island has revealed divisions within the First Nation's membership. A statement issued by two Pacheedaht chiefs this week says they're "concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities" in the territory, and decisions about forestry must be made by the nation. But the Rainforest Flying Squad, whose members set up camp last August to block Teal Cedar Products from accessing proposed cutblocks in and around the Fairy Creek watershed, says they're not planning to leave. They say in a statement that Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones and other members of the nation welcome the blockades maintained largely by non-Indigenous people calling for an end to old-growth logging in B.C. The British Columbia Supreme Court granted Teal Cedar, a division of the Teal-Jones Group, an injunction against the blockades earlier this month. Justice Frits Verhoeven's judgment notes Jones, who was a defendant in the company's application, says old-growth forests in the Fairy Creek watershed are essential to his culture and religion, and logging would interfere with this constitutional right to religious freedom. Premier John Horgan said this week the blockaders should respect the request from Pacheedaht leadership to leave the territory and allow the nation time to make its own decisions about forestry and conservation. The Pacheedaht do not support "unsolicited involvement or interference by others" in their territory, "including third-party activism," said the statement from elected chief Jeff Jones and hereditary chief Frank Queesto Jones. The nation is developing a resource stewardship plan that will identify special sites to guide forestry activities, they said, and tenure holders have agreed to suspend operations within specific areas in the meantime. However, in a statement out Tuesday, Bill Jones disputed Frank Queesto Jones's assertion of hereditary leadership and urged people to continue taking direct action to stop old-growth logging in the territory. The B.C. government granted Teal Cedar permits last year to cut timber within three areas of its nearly 600-square-kilometre tenure that includes the Fairy Creek area. The company was also granted road building permits and it plans to apply for cutting permits in three additional cutblocks. Pacheedaht First Nation struck a consultation and revenue-sharing deal with the province in 2017, agreeing not to interfere with provincially permitted logging activities, Verhoeven's judgment said. The Rainforest Flying Squad is calling on the province to fund economic alternatives for First Nations reliant on logging that affects old-growth forests. "Solutions exist where First Nations can make more money long term from ancient forests while leaving them standing," the group said, citing conservation financing under the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest agreement. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Authorities had considered for months whether criminal charges were appropriate for the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego. The department’s decision, though expected, officially closes out the investigation. Prosecutors said they had reviewed video of the shooting, along with statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses, examined physical evidence from the scene and reviewed the autopsy results. “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the department said in a statement. Video clips posted online depict Babbitt, wearing a stars and stripes backpack, stepping up and beginning to go through the waist-high opening of an area of the Capitol known as the Speaker’s Lobby when a gunshot is heard. She falls backward. Another video shows other unidentified people attempting to lift Babbitt up. She can be seen slumping back to the ground. Mark Schamel, a lawyer for the officer, a lieutenant whose name was not released by the Justice Department, said that the decision to not bring charges was “the only correct conclusion” and that his client had “saved the lives of countless members of Congress and the rioters.” Prosecutors said Babbitt was part of the mob that was trying to get into the House as Capitol Police officers were evacuating members of Congress from the chamber. The officers used furniture to try to barricade the glass doors separating the hallway from the Speaker’s Lobby to try to stave off the rioters, who kept trying to break through those doors, smashing the glass with flagpoles, helmets and other objects. At the same time, Babbitt tried climbing through one of the doors where the glass was broken out. A Capitol Police officer inside the Speaker's Lobby then fired a single round from his service weapon, striking Babbitt in the shoulder, prosecutors said. Schamel pointed out that the officer fired only one shot and did so only after "clearly identifying himself and ordering the mob not to come through the barricade.” "He used tremendous restraint in only firing one shot, and his actions stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse,” Schamel said. She fell to the ground before a police tactical team rushed into the area and gave first aid. Babbitt was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Babbitt is one of five people who died as a result of the rioting, including a police officer. Three other people died of medical emergencies. The Justice Department does not bring criminal charges in most police shootings it investigates in part because of the high burden for prosecution. Criminal charges were not expected in this case because videos of the shooting show Babbitt encroaching into a prohibited space, and second-guessing the actions of an officer during the violent and chaotic day would have been a challenge. “Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defence or in defence of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” prosecutors said. Eric Tucker And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
Beaches in Southwestern Ontario are remaining open amid the provincewide lockdown, but some officials are urging out-of-towners to stay away as the third wave of COVID-19 rages on. “We don’t have plans to close the beach off like we did last year. The province is asking people to get out and exercise,” said Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber. “We do encourage people to stay in your zone. We hope that we don’t get an influx with the lockdown that’s on.” A notice on the Lambton Shores website states the Grand Bend beach is “open for those in the region for permitted outdoor exercise.” It continues: “We hope to welcome new visitors to Lambton Shores as soon as it is safe to do so.” During the first lockdown last spring, Grand Bend, along with most other area beaches, opted to close its sandy shores to the public. Though that won’t be the case this year, Weber said it’s imperative those looking to use the beach for recreation follow COVID-19 safety protocols, such as distancing and staying within their household bubble. “We don’t want to get harsh or impose measures,” he said. “We hope that everybody respects the rules.” Under the provincewide lockdown, businesses remain open for curbside pick-up only, and restaurants can only offer takeout. Washrooms at the Grand Bend beach are closed and won’t open until later in the season. As the weather warms, beaches are set to become a hot destination for lockdown-weary Ontarians looking to escape from cities or embrace safer outdoor activities. Last summer, crowds flocked to area beaches as the mercury rose, prompting concerns in some beach towns about importing COVID-19 cases to the region. “We are expecting that it’s going to be a busy summer again,” Weber said. “We want people to be respectful.” Along the Lake Erie shore, beaches in Elgin County also are remaining open for walking and recreation amid the current stay-at-home order. Warden Tom Marks said a committee is monitoring the county’s COVID-19 response, and officials are working with lower-tier municipalities to co-ordinate a full-fledged reopening of area beaches, with staff, equipment and washrooms, later in the season. “We’ll follow the guidelines from last year,” Marks said. “I think there will be lessons learned.” The county is taking direction from the local health unit, and last year, safety measures included signs about social distancing and beefed-up bylaw enforcement. “We’re better off than maybe a year ago because the majority of us are doing that social distancing,” Marks said. He hopes the message that Ontarians ought to stay at home, and not stray far from their health unit region, gets across. “If it’s a sunny day in Port (Stanley), . . . the throngs come. People want to be outside,” he said. “We need to be conscious. We’re trying to do what’s right.” Max Martin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press
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