High Park reopens to public; Ontario sees lowest growth in COVID-19 cases since early April; Several employees at west-end Loblaws test positive


The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday (this file is no longer updating. Click here to read the latest). Web links to longer stories if available.

8:14 p.m.: WestJet says it is extending many flight cancellations into early July as it continues to deal with record-low passenger numbers due to COVID-19.

In late April, the Calgary-based carrier said it was cancelling some 18,000 flights between May 5 and June 4.

An announcement from WestJet on Sunday says domestic route suspensions will continue through July 4, and that several domestic seasonal routes also won’t begin until July.

It further says it is extending its temporary transborder and international route suspensions through to June 25.

WestJet says the move is to “address significantly reduced guest demand for air travel while continuing to keep critical economic lifelines open for essential travel and cargo.”

The airline says customers with travel booked after June 5 through July 4 will be notified of their options.

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6:45 p.m.: Vice President Mike Pence has been self-isolating from the White House following his press secretary Katie Miller’s diagnosis of COVID-19 on Friday, said three people familiar with the situation. A spokesman said he’d be back at the White House on Monday.

Miller’s infection brought the virus into Trump’s inner circle, as she’s married to one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller, known best as the architect of much of his immigration crackdown.

Pence didn’t attend a meeting at the White House on Saturday with Trump and top military officials. Neither did two members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who’ve had their own brushes with coronavirus, Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force General Joseph Lengyel.

Gilday has had contact with an infected family member. Lengyel tested positive on Saturday, and later tested negative, a Defense Department spokesman said. He’ll be tested again on Monday.

A rapid-test screening at the White House ahead of Trump’s meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room caught Lengyel’s positive status, one person familiar with the matter said.

6:34 p.m.: The City of Toronto will begin reopening High Park on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Mayor John Tory announced that the park will “remain closed to vehicular traffic for the rest of the emergency so people have more space to enjoy the park & keep their distance from others.”

The park will remain open subject to physical distancing and other regulations that will be announced on Monday.

“Thank you to everyone who enjoys this park for their patience and understanding — you have helped us fight COVID-19 and avoid large crowds gathering,” Mayor Tory said.

“I also thank the members of the public for their co-operation as well as other members of the public for their understanding,” he added.

The park was closed on the advice of the medical officer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and crowd seen during the cherry blossom bloom.