On March 17, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency.
The Province ordered the closure of all facilities that provide indoor recreation programs, private schools, public libraries, licensed childcare centres, theatres, cinemas and concert venues. There is also a ban on public events with over 50 people, which includes services within places of worship. Bars and restaurants have also been ordered to close with the exception of takeout food and delivery. These orders are in place until March 31, 2020. Shopping malls are not yet included in these closures, but are being monitored by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.
We will continue to update our clients with information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this topic, other COVID-19 related questions, or would like assistance with developing and/or reviewing pandemic plans, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s other COVID-19 website resources.