On July 9, 2020, the Ontario government announced that it is extending all existing emergency orders until July 22, 2020.
The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s. 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 22, 2020. The goal of the extension is to protect the health and well-being of people across the province and help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Province has committed to reviewing each emergency order remaining in place on a case-by-case basis to determine when it is safe to make adjustments.
Current emergency orders include the closure of dine-in (patios dining is permitted) bars and restaurants. The use of public facilities such as pools, parks, and public libraries have reopened with restrictions, which are set out in a provincial regulation regarding Stage 2 Closures. In addition, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than ten people, and individuals are encouraged to maintain a limited social circle. Moreover, staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings, like retirement homes and women’s shelters.
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.