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What does Ontario’s state of emergency really mean?

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Given the alarming situation sweeping across the land, a state of emergency has been called in Ontario, but it doesn’t mean all places will shutter. Premier Doug Ford says many places will remain open, including grocery stores, convenience stores, the LCBO, the Beer Store and the Ontario Cannabis Store will be continuing operations.
On Monday, the LCBO was forced to allay fears that it would close for the foreseeable future. Here’s the tweet it put out: “To help ensure a safe shopping experience, we have elevated our cleaning and sanitation protocols in our stores and warehouses and have increased prevention awareness amongst our staff. We want our employees to take care of themselves and, in turn, you.”
To ensure safety of its staff and customers, the Beer Store has put in place enhanced safety measures at their locations.
The Ontario Cannabis Store is open for business.
Meanwhile reports suggest that sales of cannabis have spiked in Quebec and Ontario.
For now, “essential services” will continue operating, however, the state of emergency in Ontario will affect the following services, according to Ford:
Facilities providing recreational programs
Libraries
Privates
Licensed childcare centres
Bars and restaurants (takeout and delivery permitted)

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