Ontario asks bars, restaurants to close voluntarily; Ford vows to protect workers who are in quarantine - 2020-03-16

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F132.png Ontario asks bars, restaurants to close voluntarily; Ford vows to protect workers who are in quarantine March 16, 2020, Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail

Just hours after Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his government's health experts said they did not believe restaurants and bars should close in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province changed course and said it was time for these businesses to voluntarily shut their doors.

The dramatic shift came as the Ontario Premier pledged to protect employees who cannot go to work because of the virus, scrapped plans for a budget on March 25 and warned against hoarding toilet paper or other necessities – as concern about the virus continues to grow.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, said the change of heart on shutting down restaurants and other businesses followed the day's moves from federal officials, including Ottawa's move to restrict entry into Canada and the advice to limit gatherings to 50 people or fewer.

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