At 2PM, Ontario issued an emergency alert sent to mobile phones, radios, and TVs.
The alert asked returning and recent travellers to follow the federal government’s Quarantine Act to stay in their homes and self-quarantine for 14 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The federal government penalties for ignoring the Quarantine Act are fines of up to $1 million or three years in prison.
Returning travellers are at high-risk for spreading COVID-19.
What does self-quarantine mean?
When you return from out of the country, go straight to your house unless you need to stop for gas. Do not go to the grocery store or do other shopping.
It said, “DO NOT visit stores, family or friends.”
The alert urged people to stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Ontario is utilizing every tool to ensure they inform people about the steps they should take.