You have to self-isolate for 14 days. The province is willing to extend.
"It means food will remain on the shelves".
"To all the snow birds and Canadians returning home from overseas, you must self-isolate".
The government said working from home and online commerce are permitted to continue for all businesses. The health of your friends, your children and your grandparents depends on this.
"We must get ahead of this virus to beat this virus".
"We are pleased to see the province and industry respond to the needs of our customers during these hard and unprecedented times", said Robert Mace, president and CEO of Synergy North. We will not lose this battle. "It is critical we get those hospitals up and moving ASAP". "The kids won't be going back to school on April 6", Ford said at the press conference.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) described the decision to close non-essential businesses necessary from a public health standpoint, but CME president and CEO Dennis Darby said in a statement that "it must be balanced by immediate support for industry".
"Large construction sites downtown". Take care of front-line construction workers. To have an outhouse overflowing? "Again, we can't be knocking on every single business of this province checking on them".
Ford said his message to construction workers is: "If you don't feel safe".
"People are listening, but there are odd times where people will go out and gather in groups".
An agitated Ford repeated his message to snow birds and other people returning from Florida and elsewhere in the USA that they they MUST self-isolate. When you come into the country you must you must go directly and immediately to your home without stopping.
A list of non-essential and essential businesses will be released by the government tomorrow.
"This was a very tough decision but it is the right decision", the premier said.
"I think it's fair to say that yes in some small percentage of cases...there may be some local transmission of COVID-19", she said. Ontarians will continue to have access to necessities, including groceries, medicine, and other essential products.
The government also announced Ontario has 58 dedicated COVID-19 assessment centres running, well up from the 38 Ford said were open just a few days ago. "Nothing is more important".
Ford reiterated Ontario residents must do more to abide by stringent social distancing measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19.
Bombardier Inc.is temporarily halting production in Canada and suspending its 2020 financial forecast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier Doug Ford acknowledged Monday that he doesn't think it is realistic to expect the province's public schools to reopen on April 6. He will be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford and Finance Minister Rod Phillips.