For Sake of Public Safety, Ford Government is Extending Emergency Orders

Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak

Ontario government decides to extend ‘state of emergency’ for some activities. See details below

Public health and safety remain top priorities

A COVID-19 Update from the Office of the Ontario Premier

Posted May 27th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

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.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“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, practice 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. Please stay safe.”

The following emergency orders have been extended until June 9, 2020:

Closure of Establishments

Prohibiting Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings

Work Deployment Measures for Health Care Workers

Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works

Electronic Service

Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes

Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses

Traffic Management

Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes

Prohibition on Certain Persons Charging Unconscionable Prices for Necessary Goods 

Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities

Enforcement of Orders

Work Deployment Measures for Boards of Health

Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes

Access to COVID-19 Status Information by Specified Persons

Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Pickup and Delivery of Cannabis

Signatures in Wills and Powers of Attorney

Use of Force and Firearms in Policing Services

Child Care Fees

Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes

Temporary Health or Residential Facilities

Closure of Public Lands for Recreational Camping

Work Deployment Measures for Service Agencies Providing Violence Against Women Residential Services and Crisis Line Services

Limiting Work to a Single Long-Term Care Home

Work Deployment Measures for District Social Services Administration Boards

Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations

Work Deployment Measures for Municipalities

Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home

Work Deployment Measures for Mental Health and Addictions Agencies

Congregate Care Settings

Access to Personal Health Information by Means of the Electronic Health Record

Certain Persons Enabled to Issue Medical Certificates of Death

Hospital Credentialing Processes

Education Sector

Management of Long-term Care Homes in Outbreak

The following orders have also been extended:

Electricity Price for RPP Consumers (until May 31, 2020)

Global Adjustment for Market Participants and Consumers (until June 1, 2020)

A stark sign of our times at a children’s playground at a park in St. Catharines, Niagara. For the sake of public safety, signs like this probably won’t be taken down any time soon.

Quick Facts

The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This declaration of emergency was most recently extended on May 12, 2020  is currently in effect until June 2, 2020.and

Additional Resources

Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province.

See how your organization can help fight COVID-19.

Information and advice to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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