Ontario Government Declares State of Emergency

Courtesy: CTV News

Citizens of Ontario are prohibited from holding gatherings or events of over 50 people until March 31st. The ban includes the closure of bars and restaurants, with the exception to provide take out food only.

ONTARIO - Premier Doug Ford made an announcement from Queens Park this morning declaring the province of Ontario in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The order gives the Ford government the power to regulate health care, impose closures and issue fines for those not in compliance.  

Citizens of Ontario are prohibited from holding gatherings or events of over 50 people until March 31st.  The ban includes the closure of bars and restaurants, with the exception to provide take out food only.  Parades, recreation facilities,  public libraries, private and public schools, day cares, theatres, cinemas and concert venues have all been ordered to close immediately. 

The premier stressed that this is not a provincial shut down, essential services such as Police, Fire, Health Care will all remain operational. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to address the nation later this morning with an announcement as well.  

This is a developing story and we will bring you updates as they come in.  

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