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Ontario issues emergency alert warning returning travellers to stay home for 14 days

The alert will tell travellers returning to Ontario that they are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days as they are at high risk of spreading COVID-19.

'You are at high risk of spreading COVID-19,' province said in alert sent at 2 p.m. ET

The province sent an alert about COVID-19 to phones, TVs and radios in Ontario Friday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Ontarians received emergency alerts on their cellphones, radios and TVs at 2 p.m. Friday, warning recent travellers to stay at home.

"You are at high risk of spreading COVID-19. You are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days," the alert reads.

"Do not visit stores, family or friends. Everyone should stay home to stop the spread."

Health Minister Christine Elliott says Ontario is using every tool to ensure people are well informed about the steps they should take. 

The federal government recently passed an order requiring people arriving in Canada by land, air or sea, to self-isolate for 14 days, with penalties of up to $1 million or three years in prison.

A screenshot of the emergency alert sent to Ontarians warning all returning travellers to stay home for 14 days. (CBC)

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