Ontario has issued an emergency alert on the province’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect Thursday.
A spokesperson from the office of Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the alert was sent around 10 a.m. via the Alert Ready broadcast system, to cellphones as well as television and radio stations.
The text of the alert states:
A stay-at-home order is in effect. Only leave home for essential purposes such as food, healthcare, exercise or work. It’s the law. Stay home, stay safe, save lives. Learn more at Ontario.ca/covidresponse
The province said the alert will be active on cellphones for five hours and 15 minutes on television and radio stations.
The stay-at-home order requires residents to stay home except for essential outings, such as accessing health care, shopping for groceries, or outdoor exercise.
The province has said there’s no set definition for what is “essential” because everyone has their own unique circumstances and regional considerations.