TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – The City of Toronto is recommending all businesses close except grocery and drug stores in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Toronto’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is urging all non-essential businesses to voluntarily shut down immediately, adding restaurants should only be offering takeout or delivery services.
Dr. de Villa says this is a recommendation, not an order, for non-essential stores in Toronto to close to help #FlattenTheCurve with #COVID19. She explains essential stores to stay open are those that sell food, drugs, etc. @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/GhfMINdafR
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) March 19, 2020
Earlier Thursday, Ontario recorded its second, and Canada’s 10th death related to the novel cornonavirus. Ontario also recorded 43 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 257.
Seven of the deaths in Canada are from B.C., while the other occurred in Quebec.
The total recorded number of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in Canada is up to 779, including 10 at the CFB military base in Trenton, Ont.. Canadians there are under quarantine after returning from places such as Wuhan, China and from cruise ships where outbreaks were reported or suspected.