Construction's fate unclear as Ontario orders closure of non-essential workplaces

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

Ford, who sounded frustrated at those who are flouting advisories to remain at home and instead of going out socializing, said further details - including essential versus non-essential designations - on the shutdown would be announced Tuesday, and that the 36-hour heads up would give business time to prepare. The order is issued under the province's state of emergency powers and could be extended if necessary. The order will take effect, Tuesday March 24th at 11:59 pm for 14 days.

Ford said as the pandemic changes, so must the government's response, which is why more drastic measures are being taken. "If Ontario is going to successfully flatten the curve, it's vital that we ensure that all Ontarians have the resources they need to protect their health and well-being".

"We are doing our part to show the Ontario spirit and we will make sure no one gets left behind", Premier Doug Ford said in a statement.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford just ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ford made the announcement this afternoon saying the decision was not an easy one.

"This was a very, very tough decision, but it was the right decision", he said.

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She said people "can't let up" on social distancing, calling it the best way we have to "flatten the curve" of infection. As well, Henry said a total of 33 people remain hospitalized and 14 of those are in intensive-care units.

The government stated that businesses that can organize work from home protocols or other contingencies will be permitted to remain in operation.

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The government also said it would launch a 1-800 number and website Wednesday for inquiries about the shutdown. "Nothing is more important".

"We have to be conscious of that fact and be aware that if it is no longer available, it would lead to health consequences". "We are working directly with businesses and workers across all sectors to support them in any way possible through this crisis".

He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. Refresh to update the page.

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