Ontario looks at closing playgrounds to slow spread of COVID-19

All Non Essential Businesses to Close in Ontario

"We are working collaboratively with the Minister of the Solicitor General, and the Associations, to look at how we can ensure that the workers an the inmates are protected as appropriate for their health and safety", Dr. Yaffe notes. She faces a fine of up to $2,500 or a jail sentence of up to six months. Last week, police in Quebec City arrested a woman they say was infected for allegedly defying orders to stay indoors.

Financial markets did climb for a second day but remained far from where they were before the virus pushed them over a cliff.

The brutal economic reality was apparent in a new poll: Close to half of those asked reported someone in their house had lost work because of the outbreak.

Dry cleaners were exempted because they provide an important service to front-line workers who have to wear uniforms, and many provide laundry services, said Ivana Yelich, a spokeswoman for Ford.

The federal cash bill, passed in the early hours after wrangling between the government and Opposition, and is awaiting Senate approval.

Some provinces have suspended rent hikes and halted evictions due to non-payment of rent.


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce called on the government to give businesses more time to shift more complicated operations, such as payroll.

Travel was implicated in some of the cases, but the source of the COVID-19 infection was still under investigation for most of the new cases.

A spokesperson for the province's Ministry of Health told Radio-Canada Monday, after several requests, that until recently, Ontario had 1,300 hospital beds equipped with a ventilator. Authorities say the best defences include frequent hand-washing and "social distancing" - avoiding contact with others. Quebec and Ontario, for example, have ordered all non-essential businesses shut down.

The updated numbers also show there is now a backlog of more than 10,000 people waiting for test results.

About 57 per cent of all confirmed cases with ages listed involved people in their 40, 50s or 60s while about 24 per cent involved people in their 20s or 30s and 17 per cent involved elderly people in their 70s, 80s or 90s.

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