Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update - March 31

Published on March 31, 2020

Good evening everyone,

There were a few important updates to note from today.

Public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020, when it is hoped classes will resume. However, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice closer to the date and may be extended, if necessary. Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. Select centres designated to support frontline health-care workers and first responders will remain open. 

The Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano announced three new initiatives to support post-secondary institutions and their students. 

Effective immediately: 

  • A six-month deferral of all OSAP loan repayments and a freeze on the accrual of interest is in place. 
  • An injection of $25M into all 45 colleges and universities in Ontario to assist them in addressing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • The retention of a third-party vendor that will maintain the integrity of examinations and gradings to ensure the reputation of degrees is protected during this period.

Late last night, the Ontario government extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately.

Locally, there are now 65 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Windsor, as of Tuesday. We are seeing these numbers rise every day and it’s important that everyone do their part to self-isolate, practice social distancing in public, and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

Please take care of yourselves and your families.

All the best,

  • Percy