Thursday! What a concept!
Montreal saw a steep drop in air pollution over the first month of COVID-19 confinement measures. The finding comes from a report to be published this week by the city’s environment department. The report shows air quality improved by 10 per cent between March 16, 2020 and April 13, 2020, compared with the same period in the previous three years. It notes Montreal usually has between one and eight bad air-quality days during that period, whereas during the COVID-19 lockdown, there were none. Average concentrations of some key pollutants went down substantially over the post-lockdown month.
Mayor Valérie Plante announced a $22-million program to boost the local economy. From encouraging shoppers to buy local to allowing restaurants to enlarge their outdoor seating areas, the measures are intended as a shot in the arm for merchants, many of whom are mired in debt as a result of the economic shutdown, she said at a press conference at city hall.
We now have more details about the NBA’s restart plans.
With files from Reuters.