March 18 2020 – Premier Doug Ford Updates Ontario on Government COVID-19 Efforts

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QUEENS PARK – Ontario Premier Doug Ford provided an update on Ontario’s response to COVID-19 this afternoon.

Ontario has been taking a number of steps to #flattenthecurve with COVID-19 in the province.

Ford reported that Ontario is suspending all renewals for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and health cards.

“These changes will help relieve the burden already faced by Ontarians and businesses by providing more time to renew their licences and permits without being penalized, while also reducing the need for in-person visits”.

Ford says all eviction orders are also being suspended until further notice.

The Premie added that after consultations with the Retail Council of Canada and company heads in the retail, grocery, hardware and pharmacy sectors, there will be changes that will bolster supply chains depleted by hoarding and panic buying.

The Premier asks Ontarians to “Be patient and do your part to take pressure off our supply chains, Please don’t hoard and don’t panic buy. If we all do our part there should be plenty of supply for everyone.”

Commenting on the one issue that has made toilet paper a rare commodity in the storess across Ontario, Ford commented, “The last country in the world that should worry about toilet paper should be Canada. We have more pulp than pretty well any country. I’m begging the people, please do not hoard the toilet paper.”

 

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