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Ontario extends state of emergency to June 30

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 3:07 PM | By John Schofield


The Ontario government is extending its provincial declaration of emergency to June 30 in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved June 2 by the Ontario legislature, noted a government news release.

“Extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency will allow us to safely and gradually reopen the province, while we continue to use every resource at our disposal to battle this deadly virus,” Premier Doug Ford said in the news release. “We are not out of the woods yet, so it is critical that we exercise caution to keep everyone safe, including protecting our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes.”

The emergency declaration supports the continued enforcement of emergency orders, including allowing front-line care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.

Under the Act, the emergency declaration may be extended again with the approval of the legislature, the news release adds. A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.