On Canada's west coast, British Columbia (BC) and Alberta have flattened the curve and have very few new cases of community transmission. Under strict guidelines, both provinces are allowing retail, hairdressers, food service, museums, art galleries, parks and beaches to reopen. Schools are currently working on plans for children to return. BC and Alberta are at the equivalent of New Zealand's Alert Level 2.
Ontario and Quebec, on the east coast, have larger populations and have had many more cases of coronavirus. Under strict guidelines, Ontario has reopened some retail stores, vehicle dealerships, media operations, select recreational activities (such as dog parks, water sports and tennis courts) and more health services including private clinics and counselling.
Quebec has allowed retail businesses outside greater Montréal to reopen, providing the business has a door with direct exterior access – thus excluding malls or communal common areas. Under strict guidelines, Quebec is also gradually reopening museums, day camps, medical services, childcare services, hair stylists and other businesses in the personal services sector. Ontario and Quebec are at the equivalent of New Zealand's level 2-3.
To help New Zealand exporters better understand the situation in Canada, NZTE Vancouver has developed a Canada COVID-19 Resource Guide containing hotlinks to a wide range of useful external information and resources. Information at these links is regularly updated, so New Zealand companies can keep themselves informed and up to date on the latest information.