The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until Tuesday, June 9th.
The province issued a media release announcing the extension on Wednesday (May 27).
“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,” Premier Doug Ford says.
The emergency orders, which were set to expire this Friday (May 29), 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.
The government is also continuing the restriction on social gatherings of no 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 move was prompted by recent increases in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario and the large group gathering at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto this past weekend. On Monday (May 25) at a media briefing, health minister Christine Elliott said plans to expand the social gathering restriction to more than five people would be delayed.
“It is something that will be coming forward, but it has been pushed back a little bit,” Elliott said.
She added that the province’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams is reluctant to loosen the social gathering restriction, because of concerns about people gathering in large groups during the summer-like weather.
The Ontario government first 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 and is currently in effect until June 2, 2020.
Here’s a list of all the emergency orders that 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
- Electricity Price for RPP Consumers (until May 31, 2020)
- Global Adjustment for Market Participants and Consumers (until June 1, 2020)