As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the call from all levels of government and public health experts is clear: practice physical distancing and good hygiene, stay home if you’re sick, and work from home if you can.
Earlier today, the Government of Ontario made the difficult decision to order all non-essential stores and services to close by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24. Essential services, including grocery stores and pharmacies will continue to operate. A full list of what constitutes essential and nonessential stores and services will be available tomorrow.
The Ontario government also announced $200 million in relief funding directly to municipalities to provide assistance to food banks, shelters, emergency services, and charities & non-profits. Funding will also be available to individuals and families that need assistance but are unable to access federal supports. You can find more information online at ontario.ca/community.
The online self-assessment test for COVID-19 has been updated to include more interactive questions and specific advice. You can access the tool here.
Please continue to follow the latest updates and public health directives, and stay at home as much as possible. We each have a part to play in protecting ourselves and our neighbours.
You can find the latest public health information online at the following sources:
As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it.
My constituency office remains closed to walk-in visitors for the time being, but we are accessible by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.
My best regards,