The province has expanded the Emergency Declaration and related measures, including the closure of non-essential work and restrictions on social gatherings.
In addition, the province published a new emergency command to shut down all outdoor recreational facilities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately.
“I made a commitment to be open and upfront about what we need to do as a province to defeat this virus,” said Premier Doug Ford in a news release.
“Based on the best medical advice available, we took further steps today to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing the outdoor leisure facilities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, and expand the emergency command to save lives. We all need to work together and do our part to stop COVID-19 to stay at home, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding social gatherings, “he continued.
The new order means that all communal societies and joint or recreational amenities private outdoor across the province must close immediately, including playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboards and garden BMX, picnic area, outdoor community gardens, shelters garden, outdoor sports equipment, garden condominium and gardens and other recreational facilities outside the room.
Furthermore, the green space in parks, roads, ravines and conservation areas will remain open for walking access, however, those who use the space ordered to keep a physical distance of at least two meters between himself and other people using the space.
“We acted on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province” Christine Elliott, deputy prime minister and Minister of Health, said in the same release.
“We will continue to take decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of Ontarians,” he continued.
This extension will apply until at least April 13.
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