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The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito

COVID-19 roundup: B.C. protects some small businesses from eviction

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It’s day 83 since Canada’s 100th coronavirus case. The number of cases is 91,647 as of publication time, up 700 since yesterday—a 19 per cent decrease from the seven-day prior average of new cases, which is below 1,000 for the fourth consecutive day. On their respective 83rd day, U.S. daily new cases were down 14 per cent from the seven-day prior average; the U.K. was down 21 per cent in daily new cases from the seven-day prior; and in Italy, new cases were down 28 per cent.*

Rent relief: The B.C. government is barring some landlords from evicting small businesses that can’t pay rent because of the pandemic. Under the new Emergency Program Act, landlords are restricted from terminating leases and launching rent-repayment lawsuits until at least the end of June. The only two provinces to have imposed a moratorium on commercial evictions thus far are Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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