Ontario is extending the province’s state of emergency for another 28 days, until June 30, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier Doug Ford said that this doesn’t mean the reopening of the economy is on hold, and that the province will continue to look into a regional approach.
“We have to reopen safely,” Ford said during his press conference on Tuesday.
On May 12, the Ontario government officially extended the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 2.
The state of emergency in the province was first issued on March 17.
As Ontario gradually reopens, the government has further extended most of the emergency orders to June 9 to protect public health and safety from the coronavirus while easing some restrictions.
Ontario is currently in Stage One of reopening the economy— there are three stages part of the Phase Two process.
For stage one, which began on May 19, select workplaces and outdoor recreational activities reopened.
Phase Two is restarting the economy in a phased and gradual approach.
For stage two, more workplaces and other outdoor activities as well as allowing some larger gatherings could be allowed.
A number of restrictions remain in place during the current state of emergency.
This includes the closure of schools, overnight summer camps, and bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Restrictions also continue for social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters are still in place. Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, and outdoor water facilities remain closed.