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Ottawa, Apr 3 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford that to further restrict physical interactions, some parts of the province's construction industry would be shut down, amid efforts to contain COVID-19, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
Affected projects would include private sector industrial, commercial and institutional projects while public sector infrastructure work and some residential construction will be allowed to continue.
Ontario's retail cannabis outlets have also been taken off the essential list and will be forced to close but ordering from the province's online store would be open to people.
Also exempted from the shut down will be projects related to the health-care sector, including production of critical equipment and medical devices, as well as the operations of petrochemical plants and refineries.
A new online site for the public to access their COVID-19 test results, announced by Minister of Health Christine Elliott would not only reduce the burden on local public health units, it would also maintain social and physical distancing.
On the recommendations of Elliott, the province issued a new order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to hire retired nurses, medical students and volunteers to give health units more flexibility in aggressively performing contact tracing to track community spread of the coronavirus.