Premier Ontario Doug Ford Said He Will Make Some Calls And Ask Large Grocery Stores To Stay Open Over The Weekend To Prevent A Wave Of Buyers Amid COVID Pandemic -19.
Major grocery chains have posted notices on social media asking customers to shop for their Easter or Easter meals early in the week to avoid overcrowding on Thursday, as stores will be closed on Friday and Sunday.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday afternoon, Ford said it was “absolutely essential” that stores remain open to prevent large groups from coming together in light of new physical distancing rules in the province.
He said he would ask Vic Fedeli, the minister of economic development, job creation and trade, to review the situation and personally call the CEOs of the six big chains to ask them to stay open.
At the same time, the Prime Minister asked residents to follow the advice and shop early. He also suggested skipping home cooked meals and ordering.
“If someone, if they have money and can order take-out and have it delivered or picked up, it also eases the retail system and puts some money into these restaurants that have hard to stay afloat. “