Toronto mayor urges non-essential businesses to close


Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Toronto Mayor John Tory urged on Sunday non-essential businesses to close their doors, warning that different levels of government are ready to step in if they don’t heed the advice soon.
The message comes on the heels of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health singling out hair salons, nail salons and clothing stores as some of the businesses that ought to “do the right thing” and close in order to help
limit the spread of COVID-19.
“I accept the fact and in fact I would endorse that they (businesses) are trying hard to keep their people working but they are not essential. Furniture stores, car dealerships clothing stores, they are not essential,”
Tory said to CP24. “You would like to think given the advice given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health that all businesses that are not essential should close that that’s exactly what would happen but it isn’t. Look we will issue orders if we have to, it would likely come from the province, but you could decide earlier than that (to close). You Mr. car dealership, you Ms. clothing store, you Ms. whatever other kind of business that doesn’t need to be open can decide right now and make a contribution to fighting this virus.”
The province has ordered the closure of all bars, nightclubs and restaurants that don’t serve takeout as well as a host of other entertainment and recreational venues.
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