Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Shoppers wait in a long line at No Frills at Victoria Park Avenue and St. Clair Avenue East in Toronto after the Ontario government declared a state of emergency. 
Source: Muriel Draaisma/CBC

Date Published: March 23, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced a two-week mandatory closure of non-essential businesses beginning Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 pm. This closure was based on the recommendations of public health officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and may be extended for longer depending on how the situation progresses. However, essential businesses which provide necessities to the public including groceries and medicines, will continue to operate. The Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade (Vic Fedeli) is also asking businesses across all industries to come together to support the COVID-19 efforts by submitting ideas to an online portal found at: http://www.ontario.ca/OntarioTogether.

Read the full announcement here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-orders-the-mandatory-closure-of-all-non-essential-workplaces-to-fight-spread-of-covid-19.html

Summary by: Helen Genis