State of Emergency declared in Ontario
To combat the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario has declared a state of emergency, effective immediately. The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act gives the premier the authority to close “any place, whether public or private, including any business, office, school, hospital or other establishment or institution”.
Bars, restaurants, private schools, libraries, daycare centres and indoor recreation centres have been closed. Restaurants offering takeout and delivery are permitted to remain open. Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. These bans are in effect until March 31st, in expectation that businesses will reopen on April 1st.
The Government of Ontario updates its website twice daily, 7 days a week at 10:30am and 5:30pm, ET. Full details on the state of emergency may be found here.
Taking immediate, aggressive action is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the extent of the impact on our health and our communities. Let’s work together to stop COVID-19,