Ontario Government declares state of emergency due to coronavirus pandemic

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province on Tuesday morning, March 17, to combat the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the coronavirus from overwhelming the province’s health system.

Ford ordered the immediate closure of recreation centers, public libraries, places of worship, private schools, daycare centers, theaters, concert halls and cinemas by March 31.

Among the measures taken is also the closing of restaurants and bars, although those that can offer take-out and deliveries may continue to sell food products.

Ford indicated that, on the advice of Ontario’s chief physician, Dr. David Williams, the closings should prevent social gatherings of more than 50 people.

The government emphasizes, however, that “the vast majority of companies, including those most vital to everyday life, will not be affected,” he said. Grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, factories, large companies, construction sites, and office buildings will continue to operate.

The measures taken, according to the government, aim to mitigate the spread of the virus and minimize pressure on the health system.

The official Ontario government website provides updated information on the situation in the province. Find out how the Ministry of Health is preparing for the new 2019 coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick after a trip and how to recognize possible symptoms.

The video below presents Doug Ford’s statement. Source: Global News