Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally declared a state of emergency in Canada to slow the spread ofCOVID-19 amidst a global pandemic outbreak.
“We’re facing an unprecedented time in our history,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .
“This is a decision that was not made lightly,” he continued. “COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions.”
A number of new orders were issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning in an effort to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, all of them based on Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, and all of them effective immediately.
“The first order under this declaration will be the prohibition of organized public events of over 50 people,” stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, noting that this applies to parades, events and places of worship until March 31.
All public libraries, private schools, childcare centres, recreational facilities, theatres, cinemas and concert venues have been ordered to shut down immediately for at least two weeks.
Bars and restaurants have also been ordered to close except to the extent that they can provide takeout and delivery services.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was careful to make clear that “this is not a provincials shutdown” and that essential services will remain “available to every individual and family.”
Grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, some private offices and even construction sites are set to remain open at this time.
“I want to assure the people in Canada that the government is taking every step possible to flatten the curve,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during this morning’s press conference.
“We need to do everything possible to slow the spread of cover-19 to avoid overwhelming out health care system. The health and well being of every Canaduan must be our number one priority.”