Mark Clairmont |

TORONTO Today dawns a new economic reality in Ontario, when most non-essential workplaces have been ordered to close their doors as the corona virus pandemic wave builds.

All but the most necessary businesses and services have been told to allow employees to work from home allowing operations to continue as best they can.

Essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water.

The province has asked them to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines effective at 11:59 p.m. last night.

This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery.

Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

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For the purposes of this order, businesses include any for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein.

Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

“While this was a difficult decision, we trust that Ontario’s business leaders will be able to promote safety while carrying out business and protecting jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford in a government release yesterday.

“The grocery store clerks, transit and hydro workers and truckers are out there on the front lines making sure the people of Ontario continue to have access to the products and services they need. It is essential that their workplaces be kept as safe as possible so these local heroes can return home to their families worry free.”

Ontario has ordered more closures as COVID-19 closes in on every part of the province.

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