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Posted on: May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020

Creston, BC – May 20, 2020: This morning the federal government spoke to the use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings in public settings when it is difficult to keep a safe distance for an extended period of time.  Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Medical Health Officer, reminded us, “that face coverings keep our droplets in and don’t prevent transmission from others. The best ways for us to stay safe is to wash our hands, maintain a safe physical distance from others and keep our ‘rules’ for social interactions top of mind.” Town of Creston Council and staff would like to remind our residents, that even though we are moving into a new phase of BC’s Restart plan, we still need to take the appropriate safety precautions to reduce the possibility of spreading COVID-19 in our community.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Available May 25, 2020: This Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners, who in turn will give a rent reduction of at least 75 per cent for April and May (retroactive), and June, to their small business tenants. This program provides property owners the opportunity to do their part in helping small businesses and their employees succeed in these challenging times. We’re all in this together, and that’s why the government is stepping up to provide rent relief to businesses, while helping property owners maintain rental income through this crisis. For more information visit: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/finance-and-investing/covid19-cecra-small-business.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit: The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students, $1,250.00 for each four week period or $2,000.00 for each four week period if you have dependants or a disability. For more information visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-how-apply.html.

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