Ontario extends COVID-19 state of emergency until July 15

Premier Doug Ford 'hopeful' a further extension will not be required

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The Government of Ontario announced on Wednesday (June 24) that it has extended the province’s state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for another two weeks, until Wednesday, July 15th.

The state of emergency was set to expire on June 30th, after being extended by an additional 28 days by the Ontario legislature on June 2nd.

Premier Doug Ford says the government hopes a further extension of the state of emergency beyond July 15th will not be needed.

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“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,” Ford says.

The extension of the state of emergency allows the government to make and modify emergency orders for health and safety during the pandemic.

In consultation with the Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, the government will continue to monitor public health trends related to COVID-19 and will decide whether the state of emergency needs to be extended.

The government will also continue to review emergency orders currently in place to determine when and if it is safe to amend or lift them, as more places in the province are allowed to reopen in a safe and measured way.

A list of all emergency orders in force during the state of emergency is available at ontario.ca/page/emergency-information.