Toronto under state of emergency to limit the spread of coronavirus

Andrew Mohan   Mar 23 2020

Toronto Mayor John Tory has declared a state of emergency in the city to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

This was done after Tory received advice from both Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the Office of Emergency Management.

“We are declaring a State of Emergency as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead,” said John Tory in a press release.

This state of emergency serves two purposes.

It issues a harsher warning for people to practice social distancing and speeds up the decision making process for policies regarding COVID-19.

The declaration comes after Premier Doug Ford announced that it will be mandatory for non-essential businesses to close, which takes effect on March 24 at 11:59 P.M.

Source: City of Toronto

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