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Canada Calgary Stampede temporarily lays off 80% of staff amid COVID-19 outbreak

03:10  18 march  2020
03:10  18 march  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

  The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada The latest news on the novel coronavirus and the illness dubbed COVID-19 (all times Eastern): 10:21 a.m. Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann says the province has designated a first clinic to screen potential COVID-19 patients. She says the new clinic will open its doors in Montreal today, while two others will open in the Quebec City region and on Montreal's South Shore in the coming week. The province currently has two confirmed cases as well as two presumptive cases, which still need to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg. 10:12 a.m.

The Beannchor Group has announced the temporary layoff of up to 800 staff . It will also temporarily close most of its portfolio of bars and hotels. It forms a package of measures announced by Conor Murphy to tackle the effects of the Covid - 19 economic crisis. In a statement, Beannchor's managing

COVID - 19 patient in Ontario has died, health minister says. There will also be more money for long-term care homes for additional staffing and infection control measures, and a fund is being set up to provide respite care and child-care services for COVID - 19 scams on the rise amid global outbreak .

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The Calgary Stampede is laying off hundreds of staff due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. © Scott Dippel/CBC The Calgary Stampede is laying off hundreds of staff due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Calgary Stampede has laid off 80 per cent of its staff, 890 people, temporarily due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's not yet known if the event, which draws more than one million visitors to Calgary each year, will go ahead in July.

"With the recent restrictions of mass gatherings as a result of COVID-19, the Calgary Stampede is currently facing an unprecedented halt in activity. To that end we have made significant temporary staff reductions and are working through this with all of our employees," the organization said in an emailed statement Tuesday evening.

The Stampede said as a non-profit organization, the dramatic measure was necessary to keep the organization sustainable long term and was not a decision taken lightly.

"We are saddened by the measures we undertook today and our thoughts are with those employees and their families impacted by this decision," the Stampede said.

The Stampede said it has yet to make a decision on this year's event and is coordinating with the province, the city's emergency management agency and Alberta Health Services.

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