Ontario government issues mandatory closures for non-essential businesses
Mar 23 2020
The Ontario government has ordered mandatory closures for non-essential businesses as the city continues to limit the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
These closures will last for two weeks and takes effect on March 24, 11:59 P.M. It may also be extended as the situation regarding the virus progresses further.
“This was a tough decision, but the right decision, as this is no time for half measures,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement.
Today I announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures will come into effect on Tues March 24th at midnight. People will still have access to medications and essentials, but every Ontarian must do their part.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 23, 2020
Businesses that can have employees working remotely or through other means will have the next 36 hours to prepare and implement alternative work operations.
The Ontario government is also preparing a list of essential businesses that should stay open, which is releasing tomorrow.
Header Image Credits: Premier of Ontario
Source: Ontario Newsroom