Statement from Ministers Elliott and MacLeod on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
TORONTO — Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry:
"The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government's number one priority. Ontario continues to work directly alongside our partners at the Public Health Agency of Canada and local public health units to monitor the situation closely, and we encourage residents and visitors to Ontario to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information on the Ontario government's dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
We are also working closely with our agencies and attractions to respond appropriately. This includes working with Destination Ontario to direct marketing efforts to domestic, national and other markets not impacted by COVID-19. Our attractions are also implementing appropriate protocols to be in-line with public health and safety recommendations. Finally, we are actively engaged with our federal government colleagues to ensure a coordinated response to tourism impacts.
We want to assure all residents and tourists to Ontario that officials at the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries are working together in close cooperation with our partners to ensure public safety continues to be protected and our tourism industry continues to thrive."
To help educate Ontarians and visitors about COVID-19, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the province has launched a dedicated webpage.