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Boxing Day marks the beginning of the Ontario-wide shutdown, which will remain in place for a minimum of 14 days in northern Ontario and 28 days in southern Ontario.

Despite widespread closures, Premier Ford says that Ontarians are permitted to spend time at their cottages, so long as they don't stop in the surrounding towns.

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Take your supplies. Go there. Do not — I repeat — do not go into town. Premier Doug Ford

The premier says that those who wish to stay in an isolated area in their second homes are fine to do so.

"You aren't going to leave it. The rules still apply up there," he clarified.

"We just don't want people going to stores [in town] every two hours," he said.

According to the province's shutdown document, all non-essential travel must be avoided, including trips outside of your region of residence.

Even to those who don't have a cottage, though, Ford asks that you "do your best to hunker down."

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