With COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic, I know many in our community are concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Our staff team will do our best to provide updates and direct constituents to reliable sources of information about preventative measures and public health advisories.
Provincial state of emergency & province-wide closures
On March 17, Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency in Ontario. There will be an immediate closure of the below, as well as a prohibition on any gathering of 50 people or more.
- All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
- All public libraries;
- All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
- All licensed child care centres;
- All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
- All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies
- Concert venues.
What’s not closed: Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, public transit, office buildings, and manufacturing. Also, no new eviction orders will be made, nor existing eviction orders be enforced.
Updates are available daily on the following websites:
Information from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on local cases, how to protect yourself, and where to seek further medical support.
Information from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick, and how to recognize possible symptoms. Updated twice daily, in 30 languages.
Information from the Government of Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada
Updates on the national response, travel advice, and preparedness.
Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.
If you have recently traveled
If you have recently travelled and are experiencing symptoms exercise precaution by isolating yourself from others and immediately call your healthcare professional or Windsor-Essex County Public Health @ 519-258-2146 ext. 1420.
For Medical Advice
Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool – available here.
Telehealth Ontario – a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information is available in multiple languages.
On March 12, the Minister of Education announced that all publicly-funded schools will be close for two weeks following March Break, meaning schools will remained closed until April 6.
The University of Windsor will transition to an essential services only model, effective Wednesday March 18. Students will not be required to be on campus to complete final exams. More information here.
St. Clair College has suspended many on-campus labs and clinics until further notice. More information here.
House of CommonsMarch 13, until April 20, 2020:
•It will close visitor access to the House of Commons precinct andcancel public tours;
•It will suspend committee travel; and
•It will cancel all parliamentary functions and events in theHouse of Commons Precinct.
Our Constituency Office – Closed to in-person meetings
My constituency office is closed to in-person meetings and to the public until further notice. My team and I will be available to answer questions regarding any Federal programs by phone: 519-255-1631 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may be slower to respond than usual due to a high volume of calls and emails, but rest assured that we will reply as quickly as possible.