Ontario government extends emergency orders for another 10 days

May 27 2020, 5:42 am

Premier Doug Ford’s government has extended its emergency orders for another 10 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The emergency orders were previously extended to May 29, and now are currently in force until June 9, 2020.

According to the province, current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters.

The province is officially in the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas.

“We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province,” said Premier Doug Ford.

“To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested.”

The emergency orders include:

The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The state of emergency, which was extended previously until June 2, gives the province power to enforce the emergency orders.

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