Declaration of Emergency
Today, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency in the province of Ontario due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19. This measure was taken to support our frontline healthcare staff and help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. This decision was not made lightly. We know these measures will affect people's every day lives, but they are necessary to ensure that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people.
This morning’s announcement also includes immediate investments of up to $304 million in the first phase of the province’s response to COVID-19, including 75 more critical care beds, 500 post-acute beds, and 25 more COVID-19 assessment centres across the province.
These measures build on those previously implemented by the Government of Ontario, including the closure of all publicly-funded schools for at least two weeks following March Break, the shutdown of Ontario’s tourist attractions and casinos, and the recommendation for long-term care homes to restrict visitors.