Ontario extends emergency orders for another 10 days

Jun 27 2020, 7:01 am

The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders currently in force until July 10.

The current order was in place until June 30.

The Province says the extension of the emergency orders will allow key measures needed in the fight against COVID-19 to continue, including allowing frontline healthcare providers and public health units to redeploy staff where they are needed most, while providing the government with the tools it needs to successfully steer the province through the next stage of reopening and beyond.

“While we have made truly incredible progress in our fight against COVID-19, thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline heroes and the people of Ontario, we know that we must remain vigilant,” said Premier Doug Ford.

“These emergency orders will allow us to take action, if necessary, to ensure our continued success as we reopen our province and get more people back to work.”

On Saturday, the government said it has removed certain restrictions for Stage 2 indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities.

“This will enable the facilities to be used by more businesses and organizations to train amateur or professional athletes, or to run certain non-contact amateur or professional athletic competitions.” They would only be able to permit activities to occur in a way that meets public health requirements.

The state of emergency is also in effect until July 15 — it was first enacted on March 17 — allowing the province to continue to make or amend emergency orders under theĀ Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The government continues to review all these emergency orders to determine when and if it is safe to amend or lift them as restrictions are eased and more places in the province reopen in a safe and measured way.

On Friday, Ontario reported 111 new coronavirus cases, the lowest since March.

Anyone who is worried they may have coronavirus, or who may have been exposed to the virus, is encouraged to go for testing.