Premier Doug Ford acknowledged Monday that he doesn't think it is realistic to expect the province's public schools to reopen on April 6.
He said the province is prepared to extend the order if necessary.
"This was a very, very tough decision, but it was the right decision", he said. The gravity of this order does not escape me.
"Unfortunately, this man's tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area", said Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, the health unit's medical officer.
Businesses that support IT infrastructure service providers, power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water will also stay open. "If you can, please stay home".
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Non-essential businesses can certainly operate remotely, with staff working from home, but the province doesn't want people gathering in their facilities, Ford said.
Ford also said workers who do not feel safe should "leave the site and don't come back".
To date, London and Middlesex County have had 14 cases of COVID-19. "You and every Ontarian must do their part", said Ford.
The Ontario Construction Consortium, speaking on behalf of workers, as well as carpenters' and painters' unions, has called for the premier to suspend work on construction sites for 14 days.
The downtown core of Toronto was sparse as new rules and guidelines were introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Pictured) a large group gathers around a hot vendor cart for some street meat west of Yonge and Dundas Sts. on Tuesday March 17, 2020.
The sale, made to help pay down Bombardier's US$9.3 billion in debt, once again shrank a company that a year ago boasted three major divisions - commercial aircraft, trains and business jets.
"We are pleased to see the province and industry respond to the needs of our customers during these hard and unprecedented times", said Robert Mace, president and CEO of Synergy North.