On Thursday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a four-week provincewide shutdown set to go into effect on Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m.
During this period, both indoor and outdoor dining across the province will be prohibited entirely, prompting the premier to confess that it broke his heart to make that call.
"I can tell you, it kills me to cut off the outdoor dining. It does. I'm getting calls [on] my phone, blowing up. And my heart breaks for these people," said the premier during the announcement.
Businesses will still be permitted to operate take-out and delivery services during this time.
Ford assured business owners that there was support available to them, urging them to apply for the Ontario COVID-19 small business grant, which could provide them with up to $40,000 in support.