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WATCH: National parks, historic sites to partially reopen June 1

Some Parks Canada sites to reopen with safety measures for visitors, workers


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says national parks and historic sites across Canada will partially reopen to the public at the beginning of June.

The gradual reopenings at 38 parks and 171 historic sites will come with safety measures for visitors and workers.

Environment Minister John Wilkinson has said some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be available starting June 1 at national parks, historic sites and waterways and national marine conservation areas.

Camping in parks will remain off limits at least until June 21, when the federal government will reassess whether it should be allowed.

All national parks and sites have been closed for more than a month to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Trudeau also announced $470 million in support for fish harvesters Thursday, which will include a new fish harvesters benefit that will cover 75 per cent of financial losses sustained by fish harvesters reporting 25 per cent or more in lowered income due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The federal government will provide non-repayable grants up to $10,000 for fishermen who own their own businesses, while another $100 million will go to Farm Credit Canada in order to help farmers and aquaculture fisheries.   

A full replay of the Prime Minister's livestream is available here.

- with files from The Canadian Press

Original story:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to brief Canadians on COVID-19 in what has become his daily address from Rideau Cottage at 11:15 a.m.

Trudeau and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson are expected to announce today plans to begin a phased-in opening of federal parks and historic sites across the country.

In mid-march, COVID-19 forced the closure of all national parks and historic sites. 

The plan involves some 38 parks and 171 historic sites, including lighthouses, forts, canals and monuments, that are administered by Parks Canada.

Village Media will carry the livestream, so stay tuned.