As cases of COVID-19 in the city continue to rise, Mayor John Tory just announced a state of emergency in Toronto. This news comes after cases across Ontario almost doubled in the past few days. This move will essentially allow decisions to be made without a council vote needed for approval for the time being.\nTory made the announcement on Monday afternoon, March 23, during a live video as he remains in self-isolation due to a recent trip to the U.K.\n"We are declaring a state of emergency as part of the City's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Tory in a statement posted on his social media.\n"(This is) to ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead."\nPer City News, Toronto Fire chief Matthew Pegg says this is the first time a state of emergency has ever been called in the city.*\nThis move is a part of the city's effort to stop the spread of the virus.\nIt comes on the back of repeated advice from Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, according to CTV News.\n"We know the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in our city and that the next few days are absolutely critical in our ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19," reads the declaration shared by Tory on social media.\n"In making this declaration, Mayor Tory strongly encourages our residents to continue taking every precaution in protecting themselves — stay home, stay safe, and only venture out to buy essential supplies once a week. Even better, order online if at all possible."\nFocusing on these efforts to maintain social distancing, Tory said he is still seeing actions from some residents that are "selfish, unacceptable and it cannot continue," per the Toronto Star.\nView this post on Instagram We are declaring a State of Emergency as part of the City's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead. I know this is an incredibly tough time for residents across our city. I want them to know that we are doing everything we can at the City to fight this virus while continuing to deliver our essential and critical services. I remain confident that we will get through this pandemic by continuing to work together and all following the advice of our public health professionals. A post shared by John Tory (@johntory) on Mar 23, 2020 at 12:05pm PDT\nAccording to CBC, the provincial legislation states that Tory, as the head of a municipality, can now make orders believed to be necessary without council ratifying those measures.\nThis news comes after Dr. de Villa recommended just last week that all non-essential stores close up for the time being.\nThat city suggestion was transformed into an official provincial order by Premier Ford on Monday, when he stated that all non-essential stores in Ontario will be forced to close up for the next 14 days.\n*This article has been updated.