The Provinces: Ontario,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut, announced that all non-essential businesses will be closing in Canada, effective March 24.
It will be mandated for 14 days and the province will release a list of businesses allowed to stay open on Tuesday.
“We will and we must take a steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “This is a very tough decision, but it is the right decision. This decision wasn’t made lightly”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as the pandemic changes, so must the government’s response, which is why more drastic measures are being taken.
The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also noted that more details on the order will be available on Wednesday, March 25, such as whether compensation will be given for the businesses that will be forced to close.
The fiscal budget will also be released the same day.
“We will not lose this battle and we will get ahead of this, we must get ahead of this,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the importance of “social distancing” and warned anyone who has travelled to self-isolate for 14 days, or you can get fined $2,000.
“Do not, I repeat, do not, go straight from the airport to the grocery store. Go directly home. I can not repeat that enough,” he said.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to rip through Canada, with nearly 1,500 patients now confirmed to have been infected just one week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closed the border to international visitors.
As of Monday morning at 9 a.m., the Public Health Agency of Canada was reporting 1,470 cases of COVID-19 across the country (40 presumptive, 1,430 confirmed) along with 20 deaths as a result of the outbreak.
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