March 17th | Important COVID-19 Announcement

Published on March 17, 2020

Today, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency in the province of Ontario due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19.

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Constituency Office Operations

 
Following recommendations from public health officials to practice social distancing, my constituency office will be closed for in-person visits until further notice. My staff and I remain available to answer your inquiries via phone or email, but it may take us longer than usual to respond as we are working remotely. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. 
 
- Important COVID-19 Update -
 
The declared state of emergency has ordered the immediate closure of the following establishments:  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs; • All public libraries • All private schools as defined in the Education Act; • All licensed child care centres; • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movie; and • Concert venues  Further, all organized public events of over fifty are also prohibited including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. The state of emergency will remain in place until March 31st, 2020.

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.
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Job Protection for Ontario Workers


We are also moving forward with legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures. This legislation would be retroactive to January 25, 2020.
Click here to learn about Job Protection for Ontario Workers
 
Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health and the health of those around you: Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer Sneeze and/or cough into your sleeve Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth Avoid contact with people who are sick Stay home if you are sick

Protecting yourself and your family


Please continue to follow the guidance of public health officials in social distancing – stay at home if possible, and if you must go outside for groceries, work, or other essential activities, take extra precautions to avoid large crowds and groups.

People who feel unwell (cough, fever, breathing difficulties) should contact their health care provider, local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or use our new self-assessment tool at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

In the coming days, the province and Ontario Health will be deploying additional nurses to conduct symptom assessments and referrals among callers who request a call back from Telehealth Ontario.
 
Keep following for additional updates
 
We all must recognize that this is a rapidly changing situation. Recommendations from our public health officials can change hour-by-hour and day-by-day. Please turn to the following sources for reliable information from our provincial, federal, and municipal public health officials:
Government of Ontario
Government of Canada
Toronto Public Health
Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
 

Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

 
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