Breaking: Public schools in Ontario will close form March 15- April 14

Ontario Premier Doug Ford holds a media availability with members of his cabinet ahead of meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday, March 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The province of Ontario will close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March Break in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a release the government said it made the decision on “advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table.”

The order, which will see schools closed from March 14 to April 5, has been approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

“The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government’s number one priority,” the province’s release said.