As Nova Scotia starts to loosen restrictions on COVID-19, a full relaunch of the economy is still a ways off.
That’s according to Federal Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly.
She says, right now the economy is being stabilized, and slowly reopening, but a full relaunch of Canada’s economy can’t happen until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19.
“We need to find a treatment for this virus and until then we will have to keep really following the public health authorities expertise,” Joly tells The Sheldon MacLeod Show.
This means we’ll need to continue to do things like practice social and physical distancing, and wearing PPE.
Right now, Joly says, it’s the job of the government to protect as many jobs as possible, and provide social safety nets to people.
She also says it makes sense for each individual province to determine the best way to reopen, though the pandemic has resulted in unprecedented cooperation between the provinces and federal government.