With the 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.
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Provincial state of emergency & province-wide closures
On March 17, Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency. This gives the government emergency powers for a period of 14 days. 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.
Provincial state of emergency & province-wide RE-OPENINGS
Premier Doug Ford announced on May 6, 2020, that as of 12:01 a.m. May 7, 2020, nurseries and garden centres would be able to re-open in time for Mother’s Day. As of May 8, 2020, hardware and safety equipment stores will be allowed to re-open to the public. And as of Monday, May 11, 2020, retail stores with doors to the street (Not shopping malls) will be able to re-open for curbside pick-ups.
The Province of Ontario’s Framework for Re-Opening the Province’s Businesses is laid out here. This may be scaled back if more cases of COVID-19 begin resurging after the reopening of retail and restaurants.
We have received concerns about whether all of the listed essential services are actually essential. Should you have any questions about whether your place of work should remain open, the Government of Ontario has announced a new phone number for you to call with any questions or concerns that you might have.
Please call the STOP THE SPREAD BUSINESS INFORMATION LINE: 1-888-444-3659.
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.
School Closures/ Education Information
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.
To access a list of free education websites for kids, click here.
House of Commons
On March 13, the House of Commons has adjourned for five weeks to allow Member’s to return to their ridings. The House of Commons will return to legislate the Emergency Measures Act.
As of the end of April, the House of Commons is meeting virtually. If you are interested in watching the proceedings online, you can access the COVID debates at this link. So far, the House of Commons is set to resume in person on May 25, 2020.
On March 25, emergency measures legislation was passed and the $82 billion package can start flowing to Canadian individuals and businesses. For more information on how to obtain these benefits, and to understand what you might qualify for, please visit: canada.ca/coronavirus
As of March 18, the Government has temporarily shut down the Canada-US border to all non-essential travel.
-Closed to all NON essential travel.
-No longer permitted travel and tourism.
-Supply chains remain open.
-Transport not impacted.
The Border closure DOES NOT AFFECT Canadians and Permanent Residents returning to the country.
Our Constituency Office – Closed to in-person meetings
My team and I will be working remotely until further notice, as per the latest recommendations from Ontario Public Service. We will continue to serve our constituents — via phone: 519-255-1631 & email: email@example.com.
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.
The Government has announced the extension of Income Tax filing until June 1, 2020. Those who owe and need to pay back will have until August 2020.
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