Ontario Premier Doug Ford he said won’t hesitate to shut “anything and everything down” once he gets the advice from the province’s chief medical officer.
During the province’s daily press conference, Ford was asked whether he would consider the lockdown in Ontario, considering places like the LCBO and shopping malls remain open at this time.
The premier said he is relying on the province’s coronavirus team and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“We have to take their advice,” said Ford, adding “I’ll do whatever it takes to take care of the people of Ontario.”
After the province saw the highest number of daily confirmed cases, with 50 announced on Friday morning, Ford also continued to stress the importance of social distancing.
This, especially on a day where Ontarians were seen lining up at EB Games locations for the release of a new game.
In Toronto, a photo was posted on Reddit showing the magnitude of the line.
A similar line-up was also shared in Hamilton, where shoppers are seen standing in close proximity.
People are not taking #Covid_19 seriously. Today there is a line up at Limeridge mall in #HamOnt for a VIDEO game bc @EBGamesCanada is more interested in profit then human lives. This is why we need #LockdownNOW @fordnation @JustinTrudeau you are failing us.#LockdownCanada pic.twitter.com/bsOpl4MEEs
— nancy (@nancyosk1) March 20, 2020
Ford called these lines “unacceptable.”
“Young people, please do not get in line, practice social distancing,” Ford said. “It’s unacceptable, this is what causes the spread, when people gather close to each other.”
Ford said that it’s frustrating to hear stories like this, and is frustrated with the store owner.
“They have a responsibility to make sure we protect each other,” he said. “I am disappointed with the store owner.”
In a statement released on March 19, EB Games said that it is taking action to institute multiple social distancing practices in their stores, such as allowing only 10 customers at any given time.
“To further protect our associates and customers, we will be closing all stores to walk-in traffic on Friday, March 20, allowing only those customers that have reserved Animal Crossing and/or Doom access to pick up their game in store.”
After expressing his disappointment, the premier also added that they will look into sending bylaw officers to the store location.