Mr. Ford recently said that "relief" is coming to Ontario families who are staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that his government wants to give people flexibility during hard times.
"Taking the lead from public health officials, we have and will continue to implement measures that support the safety of our valued staff and the communities in which we live and work", reads a statement from the LCBO. I repeat, you must self-isolate.
"People are listening, but there are odd times where people will go out and gather in groups".
"This does not mean going to the grocery store", Kenney said. "You're self-isolating. Simple as that", said the premier.
"We are making decisions about city services on a daily basis, and reviewing Premier Ford's announcement and will await his list tomorrow", said Mr. Gale.
"I am aware of Premier Ford's decision to close all non-essential workplaces in Ontario to slow the spread of COVID-19", said Mayor Bill Mauro.
Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. "The health of your friends, your children, and your grandparents depend on this".
Businesses which can continue operations with employees working remotely, or through other contingency measures, are being given approximately 36 hours to prepare and adapt.
Licensed cannabis stores will remain open in Ontario during a provincial emergency shutdown of non-essential businesses created to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to two sources directly familiar with the matter. The government will also release a 1-800 number on Wednesday for any inquiries.
"Our top priority must be to protect the health of the people of Ontario", said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance.
Ontario's move comes the same day Quebec announced the closing of non-essential businesses as well.
More information is to come Tuesday, but Ford said in the press conference that food, medication, and takeout restaurants will continue to operate.
The Ontario government has announced $200 million in new money aimed at protecting Ontario's most vulnerable populations as part of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.