Ontario school closures to be extended past April 6

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The Ontario government has provided details regarding what is considered essential businesses after ordering the closure of non-essential workplaces beginning March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Premier Doug Ford says that while the province is taking the situation day-by-day, he doesn't believe children will be going back to school on April 6.

The premier 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 province is willing to extend.

"This is not the time for half measures", Ford said. The gravity of this order does not escape me.

"If the industry does not take every step necessary to look after their workers, I will shut them down", he said.

The full list of businesses that will be allowed to stay open will be released Tuesday, but Ontarians will still have access to groceries and medications, and their power and telecommunications will continue to run, Ford said.

Elliott is reminding people to practise social distancing, meaning staying at least two metres away from anyone outside your immediate family, and for anyone who has travelled to stay at home and self-isolate.

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The source said the government felt the move to lower rates was necessary due to the dramatic shift families and businesses are undergoing as a result of the pandemic, with costs expected to rise.

"We will not lose this battle and we will get ahead of this, we must get ahead of this", said Ford.

Further information about measures to help business will be announced on Wednesday, said Ford.

As of Sunday night, there were 412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

But that wasn't meant to replace class time: they say is meant to keep students from falling behind.

The Ontario Construction Consortium, speaking on behalf of workers, as well as carpenters' and painters' unions, has called for the premier to suspend work on construction sites for 14 days. "We urge the business community to share their innovative ideas and capabilities to fight COVID-19 through our new portal Ontario Together at www.ontario.ca/OntarioTogether".

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