Ontario declaration of emergency

Image Source: Rene Johnston/Torstar file

Date Published: March 17, 2020

On March 17, 2020 the Government of Ontario has decided to enact the Emergency Measures Act. This act allows for unprecedented freeing of funds for increasing the capacity of hospitals, public health testing, protection of frontline workers, long-term care homes, residential facilities and indigenous communities in this time of crisis.  With this benefit, the government has enacted a few mandates for businesses to close indefinitely including indoor recreational programs, public libraries, private schools, child care, bars and restaurants (exceptions of takeout) and venues. Gatherings of >50 individuals are also prohibited. All of these measures are taken in hopes of “flattening the curve.” Only time will tell if these measures work and the approximate date given by the health minister is a few months at the very least.

Read the full announcement here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

Summary by: Michael Lee