Ontario extending COVID-19 orders until February

Jan 16 2021, 3:50 pm

The Government of Ontario is extending the orders intended to combat COVID-19 for another month.

Most of the orders currently enforced under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) will be extended until February 19.

A regulation regarding drinking water systems and sewage works is not being renewed.

The orders are needed to protect vulnerable populations and preserve health care capacity, the government said in a release.

“Extending these orders ensures the necessary tools remain in place to help respond to the disturbing increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and provide safeguards for Ontarians, especially our vulnerable populations,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

“Our government will continue to take the actions needed to preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated.”

On January 12, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial emergency and announced a Stay at Home order, which came into effect on January 14. The measures will be in place for at least 28 days.

Under the Stay at Home order, Ontarians must only go out for essential trips, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, to get exercise, or for essential work.

The ROA came into effect on July 24, 2020, after the first provincial declared emergency ended. The ROA ensures important measures to combat coronavirus remains in place and can extend orders for up to 30 days at a time.

The list of orders under the ROA that have been extended can be found online on the Government of Ontario’s website.

To date, Ontario has seen 234,364 COVID-19 cases and 5,340 virus-related deaths.

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