Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency
The province has enacted a declaration of emergency for Ontario to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public until April 13, 2020.
As a result, the following establishments are required to close immediately:
all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout and food delivery
all facilities providing indoor recreational programs
all public libraries
all private schools
all licensed child care centres
all movie cinemas
all theatres, including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms
all concert venues
communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities including but not limited to:
basketball and tennis courts
off-leash dog parks
skateboard and BMX parks
outdoor community gardens
outdoor exercise equipment
condo parks and gardens
other outdoor recreational amenities
Additionally, all organized public events of over 5 people are prohibited, including parades, events including weddings, social gatherings, and communal services within places of worship.
This Declaration of emergency order would not apply to private households with five people or more. It would also not apply to operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.
These orders will remain in place until April 13, 2020, when the province will reassess for an extension or end the closures.