The Canadian government announced a new rent-relief plan to help small businesses. (The Canadian Press photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

May 20: 21 new cases, three deaths announced Tuesday

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Wednesday, May 20. This will be updated as information becomes available throughout the day:

• New ‘germ-killing robots’ will be used to fight COVID-19 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.

• The earliest that the Canadian Football League season will start is September, league commissioner Randy Ambrosie says – and a full cancellation of the season is still possible.

• After three straight days of having new COVID-19 cases in single digits, B.C. recorded 21 new cases and three more deaths, the province announced Tuesday.

• City governments will get more power with regard to restaurant/bar patios, according to B.C Attorney General David Eby.

Non-medical masks are now recommended when distancing not possible

• The federal government has unveiled plans for a small business rent-relief program.

• There were only two new COVID-19 cases in B.C. Tuesday, including one in a care home.

• Help is available for Surrey businesses as they aim to set up a safety plan and re-open.

• As COVID-19 response ramps up, more scrutiny is required: NDP’s Singh.

• Regions within each province should open on their own timeline, a poll suggests.

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