In a press conference today Premier Doug Ford was asked if children will be returning to school on April 6, which was the original return-to-school date after three weeks of no school. Ford said they would not be returning at that time.

“The kids won’t be going back to school on April 6. We want to make sure we have the proper time frame,” Ford said. He went on to add that the “priority is to make sure our kids are safe.”

The Minister of Education Stephen Lecce will give an update on schools sometime in the next day or two.

Additionally, Ford is ordering all non-essential businesses, stores, and services to close starting Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. to aid in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Ford says the order will be in place for at least 14 days.

This announcement came after Ontario health officials confirmed 78 new COVID-19 cases this morning. This brings the total as of this writing to 503. Peel Public Health reports 38 cases in Peel–16 in Brampton–as of this writing on Monday, March 23, 2020.

More information is to come Tuesday, but Ford said in the press conference that food, medication, and takeout restaurants will continue to operate. He also said that power and telecommunications will continue to function as normal.

Ford said, “Every Ontarian must do their part. If you can, please stay home.” He urged people to only leave home for necessary trips such as obtaining food.

Are you worried you have COVID-19 or that you might be at risk? Take this self-assessment from the government of Ontario here:

Read about the new Peel Memorial COVID-19 assessment centre, including symptoms and criteria for using it, here.

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