Ontario Emergency Declaration in Response to COVID-19 – Updated June 24/20

On June 24, 2020, the declaration of the state of emergency, which was originally ordered on March 17, 2020, was extended to July 15, 2020.

With this declared state of emergency, the Province has ordered the closure of all facilities that provide indoor recreation programs, private schools, public libraries, , theatres, cinemas and concert venues. Bars and restaurants have also been ordered to close with the exception of takeout food and delivery, although some are now permitted to re-open outdoor patio spaces. Shopping malls are slowly reopening in jurisdictions with the exception of Windsor-Essex County in accordance with Stage 2 of the Province’s Framework for Reopening our Province

A ban on public events and social gatherings with over 10 people continues, which includes services within places of worship.  The order does not apply to families with households of 11 or more people, or certain daycare centres that are running to support front-line health care workers (so long as they respect a 50 person limit).

The declared state of emergency continues to  result in the closure of some non-essential businesses, in accordance with the staged reopening of the Province. Businesses continue to implement precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while reopening.

We will continue to update our clients with information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this topic, other COVID-19 related questions, or would like assistance with developing and/or reviewing pandemic plans, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s COVID-19 website resources.

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