Ontario extends orders to address ongoing risks of coronavirus

Aug 20 2020, 6:41 am

The Ontario government is extending orders to combat the ongoing risks of COVID-19.

According to the province, Ford’s government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA).

“The extensions provide the government with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure important measures remain in place to protect vulnerable populations, such as seniors, people with developmental disabilities, and those with mental health and addiction issues,” a release said.

All orders under the ROA have been extended to September 22, with the following exceptions:

“We’ve seen great progress in our fight against COVID-19 in recent weeks, but now is not the time to let our guard down,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said.

“We must continue safely and gradually down the path to recovery while tackling the ongoing effects of this pandemic. We’re conducting an ongoing review and assessment of all orders to determine if they are still necessary and will relax restrictions or lift orders when it is safe to do so.”

The provincial Declaration of Emergency was terminated on July 24 when the ROA came into force on July 21.

The province says orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) that were in effect when the ROA came into force, were continued under the new act for an initial 30 days.

Under the ROA, orders can be extended for up to 30 days at a time.

And, the government will continue to review all orders and will report on order extensions to the newly created Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight.

The following orders under the ROA have been extended until September 22:

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