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Ottawa dressed in tulip colors
The world's largest tulip festival was held only for locals and online.
Not every city in the world has its glorious traditions of celebrating the arrival of spring. Some of them are ancient, some modern, but they all fill the residents with pleasant feelings due to the long-awaited onset of warm weather. In Ottawa, such a glorious spring tradition is the Tulip Festival, which takes place in May and during which the capital of Canada becomes brightly colorful.
Usually about 650 thousand visitors come to enjoy the incomparable beauty of tulips in May Ottawa. Colorful flowers become the backdrop for various art and entertainment events that take place throughout the city.
However, as in other areas, COVID-19 completely destroyed the current festival plans, because all public events were canceled. Fortunately, the authorities decided not to follow the example of the Netherlands and not destroy the flowers already planted, but moved the festival online.
Instead of walking along bright flower beds, Canadians longing for beauty were urged to enjoy the flowers from the comfort of their own home: the organizers regularly carried out streams from the fields and showed beautiful flowers. Although the parks with tulips were not physically closed, only those who could get there on foot or by bicycle were allowed to personally visit. At first, the authorities even wanted to ban photographing near tulips in order to avoid the formation of crowds, but subsequently abandoned this plan.
The festival eventually took place, but with little amount of visitors and without any additional celebrations. Instead of 650 thousand visitors, millions of tulips in Ottawa this year were admired by the force of several tens of thousands of local residents. The Ottavians were attentive to the recommendations of doctors, observing the distance and using protective masks. Of course, tourism was hit hard, but the locals were almost the first to calmly enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Nevertheless, just as flowers come to life every spring from hibernation, so mankind will soon overcome a pandemic and learn to contemplate the beautiful together again. Live, not online.
Ottawa canceled all summer festivals for corona virus
For the first time no summer festival will be held because of the corona virus in the capital of Ottawa this year.
About this the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson,wrote on Twitter .
“Based on the guidances of the Ottawa Department of Health, the town will extend the ban on all special occasion until August 31,” said Watson.
He emphasized that “we must remain alert and focus on the health and safeness of all.”
The ban included all occassions in Ottawa, in which more than 500 people are expected to attend. Smaller events do not require special permission from the city, but still must adhere to the requirements of the provincial authorities, which now prohibit gathering in groups of more than 5 people.
The decision of the Ottawa authorities will lead to the cancellation of the Ukrainian festival, which was held for five years in a row in the capital of Canada in July.
Canada pays $ 1.85 billion to support retirees during pandemic
Canadian retirees will receive a one-time payment of $300 to $500 ($ 220-370) from the government to cover additional costs during a pandemic.
“If you receive pension benefits, you will get extra $300 to cover the costs of the virus. It implies that almost seven million elderly people will get the necessary assistance throughout the country. To support the most assailable older people, we will also charge an additional $200 to those who receive an increased pension, ”Trudeau said.
“Some weeks ago, we already increased subsidization so that organizations can deliver products to older people and help them stay in touch with loved ones during a pandemic. We are making a new contribution in order to make more programs to help isolated elderly people and better their quality of life, ” the Prime Minister added.
His office specified that in general, the Government of Canada provided $2.5 billion (about $1.85 billion) for new programs of direct financial assistance to pensioners.
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