Ontario extends emergency orders to July 15

 

Ontario has extended the State of Emergency again.

On Wednesday (June 24) the province said that the state of emergency will be extended until July 15, to provide more time to allow for the gradual reopening of the province.

As we gradually and safely reopen our economy, our frontline care providers can continue to rely on these emergency orders to better protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizens and provide the flexibility to put resources where they’re needed most,” said Premier Doug Ford in a press release.

We are hopeful that another extension of the Declaration of Emergency will not be needed as we see improvements in the public health trends and as people and businesses continue to act responsibly and adapt to the new environment.”

So while the extension will not prevent those permitted to do so to continue operating under phase 2 of the province's reopening framework, it enables the government to make and amend emergency orders.

It also allows for frontline care providers to redeploy staff to areas most in need, limiting long-term care and retirement home employees to working at one home, and enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support the province’s enhanced case management and contact tracing strategy, according to the release.

"In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government will continue to monitor public health trends related to COVID-19 and assess on an ongoing basis whether the provincial Declaration of Emergency needs to be extended further," the release says.

As of Wednesday, 33 public health unit regions have entered Stage 2 of the framework for reopening. The Windsor-Essex County public health unit region remains in Stage 1.

Check the province’s website for more information emergency orders.

Photo courtesy The Canadian Press

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