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Province orders all non-essential businesses to close
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 24, 2020
The province has ordered non-essential workplaces to close tonight by midnight in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. (Chris Young/CP

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Province orders all non-essential businesses to close

The province has ordered non-essential workplaces to close tonight by midnight in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. The mandatory closures are being imposed for at least 14 days, with the possibility of an extension “as the situation evolves,” according to a news release. The Ford government last night released a list of 74 types of businesses that would be allowed to stay open, ranging from grocery and convenience stores to transportation providers such as taxi companies, and from banks and insurers to newspaper publishers and telecommunications companies.


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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario reached 503 after public health officials reported 78 new positive tests for the novel coronavirus on Monday — the largest one-day increase so far. The overall tally includes six fatalities and eight people whose cases are resolved. Results are still pending from another 8,417 tests.


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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced the province is closing all non-essential businesses to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the decision and what it means for Ontario in the week and months ahead. 


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