Ontario issues emergency alert reminding residents to self-isolate after travelling
If you happen to be sitting at home watching TV with your cell phone sitting next to you on the couch — as I can only assume many of you are — there's a good chance you just received multiple emergency alerts from the Ontario government.
Premier Doug Ford announced at a press conference this afternoon that the government would be sending an emergency alert to phones, televisions and radios across the province at 2 p.m. reminding anyone who recently arrived in Canada from abroad that they must self-isolate for 14 days.
Emergency alert for Ontario just came across my cell & tv at the same time. Scared the 💩outta me— Kim Duchesnay (@KDuchesnay) March 27, 2020
"As government, one of the most important things we can do right now is keep the public informed," he said.
Ford said this is the first time this tool is being used in such a way, but it likely won't be the last.
"Travellers returning to Ontario, you're at high risk of spreading COVID-19," the alert, which arrived promptly at 2 p.m., read.
"You are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days. Do not visit stores, family or friends. Everyone should stay home to stop the spread."
And though Ontario residents have a history of calling the police every time the province issues some kind of emergency alert, it seems the vast majority of people chose not to be quite so selfish this time.
I wonder how many people from Ontario will call the police because the emergency alert woke them up from their afternoon nap?— Ryan Noble (@ryannoble66) March 27, 2020
That may have something to do with the fact that residents were warned of this alert ahead of time.
As promised, the #Ontario government sending out an emergency alert to all cell phones in province, reminding recent travellers to quarantine for at least 14 days #STAYHOME #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/grZZdR3HvQ— Tammie Sutherland (@citytammie) March 27, 2020
Or because it was sent out at 2 p.m. instead of the middle of the night.
The lovely Ontario emergency alert just went off on everyone’s phones during a conference call 🥴— H (@CrazyHumanKid) March 27, 2020
Some residents did poke fun at the province's timing considering the pandemic has been affecting Ontario for a while now.
Thank you Ontario for the emergency alert telling me to isolate if I’ve travelled. Little fucking late there.— Laney (@LowEloLaney) March 27, 2020
Either way, here's hoping the emergency alert did its job and informed those who just don't seem to be getting with with the program when it comes to self-isolating and social distancing.
Join the conversation Load comments