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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Ontario Premier Declares State of Emergency

Ontario | by Bayshore News Staff  

Doug Ford made the announcement this morning.

Ontario is now under a state of emergency, as it looks to combat the spread of COVID-1.

Premier Doug Ford made the declaration at Queen's Park this morning, alongside Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Finance Minister Rod Phillips.

  • As part of the declaration, restaurants and bars are being ordered to close.
  • All events or gatherings of over 50 people will not be permitted. 
  • All public libraries, schools, and daycares will remain closed. 
  • All theatres and concerts will be closed effective immediately. 

Ford insists, "This is NOT a provincial shutdown".

He says essential services will continue to be available to everyone.

Ford said grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, manufacturing facilities, public transit, important public services, construction sites, office buildings will all continue to operate.

The provincial government has pledged more money to hire additional nurses, hospital beds, support workers, and emergency workers.

As of Monday, there were 177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, though five are considered resolved. 

The state of emergency will remain in effect until March 31, 2020. 

To watch the full announcement, click here

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