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All Non Essential Businesses to Close in Ontario

The closures start tonight at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days.

He says that's why he took aggressive measures, closing houses of worship and personal service businesses on Sunday before Premier Ford's order announcement on Monday. "We want to make sure we have the proper time frame", Ford said.

Ford added a list of what is essential and non-essential will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24. The total includes six deaths and eight cases that have fully resolved.

Ford defended the decision to keep construction going, noting there are now thousands of homes being built in Ontario.

Lecce issued an open letter Sunday night saying the government is looking at ways to keep course work going if the COVID-19 pandemic prevents classes from resuming on April 6 as planned.

Premier Doug Ford is ordering a mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses in Ontario. "We must slow the spread", Ford said in a press teleconference Monday from Queen's Park.

One construction worker, who reached out to the Toronto Sun, said construction is not continuing in a way that offers protection from COVID-19, arguing hand sanitizer in a portable toilet is not an adequate solution.

"We've seen global economies grind to a halt". "Even though we are telling people to go to the province's online course, for some of our families in rural Ontario that is not a possibility". We will not lose this battle. We will get ahead of this for the health and safety of all Ontarians, for the future of our children, for those entering their silver years and getting ready to enjoy retirement.

Food banks say their shelves have been depleted faster than donations are coming in, leaving many charities concerned about being able to feed hungry Ontarians over the next few weeks. "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home". Bylaw and police enforcement are on the table, Ford and the solicitor general said, but resources for that are scarce. "So, what are we going to do to meet the kids where they are? They have a responsibility". The number of Ontario people tested is 28,506; 19,586 were negative and test results are pending for 8,417. Ontario is now doing more than 3,000 tests per day and hopes to be at 5,000 soon.

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