Doug Ford’s government said in a statement the move is “necessary to keep people safe” and based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.
Schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5.
It’s unclear how this will affect other functions at schools, like child-care centres or other school-based programs.
Ontario has 59 cases of COVID-19, with 17 cases, including one infant, being confirmed earlier today.
Williams is holding a news conference to provide an update on the situation right now.