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Ottawa, Mar 19 (Canadian-Media): The confirmation of an additional 43 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday bringing the provincial total to 257, led the Progressive Conservative government to consider passing an emergency legislation to protect workers who are forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
The bill, which is expected to pass with unanimous consent from all parties to get it through quickly, will protect employees under investigation, supervision or treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including workers in isolation, in quarantine and those who need to provide care related to COVID-19, such as for school or daycare closure.
Ontario Government house leader Paul Calandra said the government will also introduce and expects to pass a second bill to enable municipal councils to meet by teleconference during the pandemic.
After Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) reported 1st COVID-19 case in an employee who works at the agency's Duncan Shop, TTC CEO Rick Leary forced about 170 impacted shop employees to self-isolate until March 25, and return to work on March 26 if they have no symptoms.
It was also decided by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks to shut down all parks until April 30 to protect the health of employees and visitors.
The closure includes all aspects of the parks, including day-use, car camping and back country camping.