Premier Doug Ford has prohibited social gatherings of more than five people through a new emergency order.
The new order comes approximately two weeks after Ontario declared a state of emergency, banning public events with more than 50 people.
We are taking action to keep Ontario safe. Effective immediately, gatherings are limited to a maximum of five people, excluding families of five or more and essential businesses. Do your part, stay apart! https://t.co/F85fjOJE9L
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 29, 2020
“If we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19 now and keep our communities safe, we need to take extraordinary measures to ensure physical distancing,” Ford explains in a statement. “I strongly encourage everyone to do the responsible thing and stay home unless absolutely necessary. I can assure that we will do everything in our power to stop the virus in its tracks.”
There is an exception for any private households that have five or more people, and this will also not apply to any child care centres helping out frontline health care workers and first responders. The province did state that each centre cannot exceed 50 people.
Anyone gathering for a funeral may proceed “with up to 10 people at one time.” The order also applies to events like weddings and communal services at places of worship.