Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19
Office of the Premier
TORONTO – Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is
taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s
7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to
protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.
“We are facing an unprecedented time in our history,” said
Premier Ford. “This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19
constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this
extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every
power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of
COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number
As a result of this declaration and its associated
orders, the following establishments are legally required to close
- All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
- All public libraries;
- All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
- All licensed child care centres;
- All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance,
and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
- Concert venues.
all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited,
including parades and events and communal services within places of
worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in
Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point
they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order
is terminated earlier.
“We are acting on the best advice of our
Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health
officials across the province,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier
and Minister of Health. “We know these measures will affect people’s
every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the
spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. We’re working with all
partners across the system, from public health to hospitals and
community care, to do everything we can to contain this virus and ensure
that the system is prepared to respond to any scenario.”
“Our government is taking an important step to protect Ontarians by declaring a provincial emergency through the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act,
establishing Ontario’s ability to quickly implement and enforce orders
in the public interest,” said Solicitor General Jones. “Our government
will continue to respond to this outbreak by limiting the exposure of
individuals to COVID-19 and ensure the health and well-being of all
Ontario is also investing up to $304 million to enhance the province’s response to COVID-19 by providing the following:
- $100 million for increased capacity in hospitals to assist with the effective treatment of COVID-19 patients both in critical care and medicine beds.
- $50 million for more testing and screening through public health,
including additional funding to support extraordinary costs incurred to
monitor, detect and contain COVID-19 in the province. This includes
contact tracing, increased laboratory testing capacity and home testing.
- $50 million to further protect frontline workers, first responders and patients by increasing the supply of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and equipment to protect them.
- $25 million to support frontline workers working
in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to
provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they
- $50 million for long-term care homes to support 24/7 screening, additional staffing to support infection control and additional supplies.
million for residential facilities in developmental services,
gender-based services and protective care for children and youth to
support additional staffing, respite for caregivers impacted by school
closures, personal protective equipment and supplies and transportation
costs to minimize client exposure and to support social distancing, as
well as additional cleaning costs.
- $5 million to protect seniors in retirement homes through increased infection control and active screening procedures.
- $4 million for Indigenous communities to support transportation costs for health care professionals and the distribution of critical supplies.
- The increased funding includes investments from Ontario’s
previously-announced COVID-19 Contingency Fund, as well as funding
provided by the federal government.
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause
illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory
infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory
- There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019
novel coronavirus, but there are everyday actions that can help prevent
the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. To find out more
visit Ontario’s website.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
If you are a health care professional, learn how to protect yourself and your patients by reading our guidance documents.
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