Mandatory Closure Of All Nonessential Businesses

Mar 26, 2020

The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec ordered a mandatory closure of all nonessential businesses beginning on 24 March. In Ontario — of which Toronto is the capital — all nonessential businesses were ordered to close down, except those deemed essential — such as grocery stores and pharmacies — for at least the next 14 days, beginning at 2359 local time. Additionally, in Québec — where Montreal is located — such commercial establishments were ordered to suspend in-person operations by 0000 local time on 25 March. The order in Québec is set to expire on 13 April. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged Canadians to “go home and stay home” and warned that his government will impose more severe measures if residents fail to follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Canada has recorded at least 2,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 20 fatalities. Ontario and Québec, in addition to British Columbia, are the Canadian provinces that have been most severely affected by COVID-19.

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