All non-essential businesses ordered to close in Ontario amid pandemic

UPDATE: The province has handed down a list of workplaces it has deemed essential

As of this Wednesday, all non-essential businesses in Ontario will be forced to close. Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Monday afternoon. Ford would not elaborate on what constitutes ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential,’ saying the list will be coming out on Tuesday.

“This decision was not made lightly, and the gravity of this order does not escape me,” said Ford, adding the order will be in place for at least 14 days.  The order goes into place at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The news comes after 78 more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Province.

Trudeau: “Enough is enough. Go home and stay home.”

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CBC reports Toronto Mayor John Tory is expected to declare state of emergency in Toronto Monday Afternoon

Every Ontarian must do their part. If you can, please stay home, only leave if necessary

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“Every Ontarian must do their part. If you can, please stay home, only leave if necessary,” Ford said. The Premier was questioned about the remaining school year, which he confirmed was done. “The kids won’t be going back to school on April 6th.”