On May 27, 2020, the Ontario government announced that it is extending all existing emergency orders until June 9, 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 June 9, 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.
Current emergency orders 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). In addition, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people. Moreover, staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings, like retirement homes and women’s shelters.
Existing emergency orders which have been extended until June 9, 2020 include:
- Closure of Establishments
- Prohibiting Organized Public Events and Certain Gatherings
- Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses
Health Care & Vulnerable Populations:
- Work Deployment Measures for Health Care Workers
- Work Deployment Measures in Long-Term Care Homes
- Streamlining Requirements for Long-Term Care Homes
- Work Deployment for Boards of Health
- Work Deployment Measures in Retirement Homes
- Service Agencies Providing Services and Supports to Adults with Developmental Disabilities
- Agreements between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes
- Temporary Health or Residential Facilities
- 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
- Deployment of Employees of Service Provider Organizations
- Limiting Work to a Single Retirement Home
The existing declared state of emergency was first declared 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. 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.