Just one day after Doug Ford announced recommended precautionary measures to help stem the spread of the Coronavirus, he has announced a province-wide state of emergency. This means that most retail businesses are now required to shut their doors and large public gatherings are now not allowed.
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Here is what some people are saying about it:
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to declare a state of emergency in the province as it looks to combat the spread of COVID-19, sources tell CBC. https://t.co/jky2maNiOU— CBC News (@CBCNews) March 17, 2020
BREAKING: Ontario Premier Doug Ford will declare a state of emergency. A highly placed source tells the @TorontoStar this will give the province the power to shut things down instead of simply recommending shutdowns to prevent the spread of #COVID19 as cases mount. #onpoli— Rob Ferguson (@robferguson1) March 17, 2020
What would a state of emergency allow the government to do?
This is what a state of emergency would allow the provincial government to do, including prohibiting some travel, establishing medical facilities and closing any business. pic.twitter.com/UKTWov7PJ2— Richard Southern (@richard680news) March 17, 2020
#BREAKING: Premier @fordnation to declare a state of emergency in Ontario due to #CoronavirusOutbreak using the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act, Everything that was “recommended” close yesterday will be ordered to close effective immediately more info at 8:30am— Travis Dhanraj (@Travisdhanraj) March 17, 2020