COVID-19: Premier orders shutdown of non-essential businesses

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

The premier also noted that more details on the order will be available on Wednesday, March 25, such as whether compensation will be given for the businesses that will be forced to close.

The order will last for 14 days. Ford said that the decision will be made on Tuesday, adding that if a construction worker feels unsafe, they should leave the site.

"We're prepared to extend this closure if necessary", Ford said.

Ford also repeated pleas for everyone else to continue to practice social distancing: "If you can, please stay home", he said.

Let's stay strong, smart and listen to the experts and the officials who are guiding us through these extraordinary times and the weeks ahead. At times, he was visibly frustrated, especially when describing "numerous stories" of people returning from overseas and disobeying orders to self-isolate for 14 days - including "snowbirds" who spend winters in Florida.

Though the order is meant to apply for the next 14 days, Ford didn't rule out the possibility it could be extended. "You're self-isolating. Simple as that", said the premier.

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The government stated that businesses that can organize work from home protocols or other contingencies will be permitted to remain in operation. "The health and safety of every Ontarian must come first", the Premier said. Essential services related to groceries, medicine, other essentials and their associated supply chains will continue to remain open. "Nothing is more important".

Ontario reported 78 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the provincial total to 503, the largest increase in a day so far. "We are working directly with businesses and workers across all sectors to support them in any way possible through this crisis".

But on that note, let's take this time to bond with the ones we are sharing our homes with, learn with our kids as we try to fill in the gaps of their education and know that the simple inconvenience of staying home is making a substantial difference in reducing the path and spread of this virus.

Both the LCBO and the Beer Store have already reduced their hours in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement this afternoon at 1 p.m. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Refresh to update the page.

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