Something to be taken seriously this time. And to really cooperate with the Government of Ontario and Canada to curb the spread of COVID-19. This blog post elaborates on the essential services in Ontario available during mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.
A real sense of urgency, with and a clear Clarion Call to every individual in Ontario, Toronto and Canada as a whole, to actively participate to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Together we can fight this disease out.
Nothing to panic though. But realize the responsibility during these testing times.
State Of Emergency Declared In Toronto Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
To further give momentum to all the action plans related to COVID-19 curbing, a state of emergency has been declared in Toronto.
Toronto’s Mayor John Tory declared a state of emergency for the city of Toronto.
Now, you should know why this emergency has been declared.
According to reports from CBC News and Toronto Sun, there is a good purpose behind the declaration- This gives Tory the power to make decisions without council votes. And this is an ideal thing to do in a critical pandemic situation.
Moreover, in a statement issued Monday, the city said the declaration will allow local government to respond quickly to the pandemic and “any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.”
Furthermore, the emergency move according to John Tory would allow the city to “access resources in a more timely way.”
Most importantly, the order was signed Monday afternoon after Tory consulted with Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s chief medical officer, and Matthew Pegg, fire chief and emergency manager.
The emergency declaration is intended for the safety of the Torontonians.
Meanwhile, let’s know the list of essential services in Ontario that will be available after the closure of all non-essential businesses in Ontario.
List of Essential Services In Ontario That Will Be Available During Closure Of Non-Essential Businesses
The order, which will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2020, will remain in place for 14 days but Ford said the province is prepared to extend it “if necessary.”
Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate.
- Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals
- Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers
- Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers
- Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels
- Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities
- Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services
- Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences
- Organizations and providers that deliver home care services
- Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations
- Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports
- Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT).
- Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc.) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery
- Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living
- Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators
- Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems
- Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities
- Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities
17) Justice Sector
18) Other Businesses:
- Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services
- Other businesses that support essential services in Ontario can stay open like, businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes.
The above mentioned establishments are the list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) that can remain open during the mandatory closure of the rest of non-essential workplaces.
As the citizens of Canada and specifically Ontario, let’s vow to fight out COVID-19. Let us cooperate with all the efforts taken by the Government to curb the spread of COVID-19.