Premier Doug Ford has revealed that the Ontario government is expanding their state of emergency, and shutting down all non-essential services in a more intensive approach to curb the spread of COVID-19. The provincial government will reveal a full list of what essential businesses will remain open on Tuesday.
“Our government will spare no expense to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians,” Ford said Monday.
“We are doing our part to show the Ontario spirit and we will make sure no one gets left behind. Organizations across the province are doing critical work right now to help vulnerable Ontarians and these funds will allow them to directly help those who need it most.”
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Ford made the announcement after a phone call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last night, which was part of a consultation with Ontario’s chief medical officer for health Dr. David Williams. Toronto mayor John Tory is expected to announce a state of emergency for the city on Monday afternoon.
Now, only essential manufacturing and supply chain providers, in addition to shops like supermarkets, pharmacies, LCBO outlets, and takeout restaurants are allowed to stay open. These new measures have come into effect approximately one week after Ford declared a state of emergency.