Coronavirus: Toronto mayor declares state of emergency in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Mayor John Tory has declared a state of emergency for the City of Toronto in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tory made the announcement in a press conference Monday at 2:45 p.m. He said he made the decision after speaking with Toronto health officials.

“They thought this would help to maximize the city’s ability to do everything possible as quickly as possibly to fight this virus, to win this battle,” Tory said, adding he informed Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the decision.

Tory said this decision is to help people and the city.

As for people and businesses who haven’t been taking precautions or practicing social distancing, Tory said they were being “selfish.”

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Just after 1:30 p.m., Premier Doug Ford announced the closure of all non-essential services in the province to shut down by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Details of what is a non-essential service will be made available before then, Ford said.

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The Premier declared a state of emergency for Ontario on March 12.

As of Monday afternoon, there were 489 active cases in the province, plus eight resolved and six deaths.

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