Ontario orders all non-essential services to shut down

TORONTO — Ontario has ordered all non-essential services to shut down in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Monday afternoon about a week after declaring a state of emergency in the province.

The previous order banned the gathering of more than 50 people, including events, parades and services within places of worship until March 31. The province also ordered the closure of all facilities, including those that provide indoor recreation programs, public libraries, theatres, cinemas, concert venues and all bars and restaurants except to provide takeout and delivery services.

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