The emergency orders declared by the province are set to continue during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial government has extended all emergency orders that were put in place under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until at least Thursday, April 23.
These orders include the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging.
“I understand the actions we are taking are affecting the lives and livelihoods of people across the province, but these are extraordinary times and we need to do whatever we can to keep individuals and families safe and stop the spread of this terrible virus,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We all must continue to do our part by staying home and practicing physical distancing.”
- All COVID-19 cases at Hamilton grocery stores for the week of Jan 10 to 16
- Hamilton police officers at Central and Mountain Station test positive for COVID-19
- Hamilton East End police officer tests positive for COVID-19
The province says it’s also taking new measures to address surge capacity in retirement homes, restrict recreational camping on Crown land, and allow the repurposing of existing buildings and temporary structures so that communities can meet their local needs quickly.
“I am confident we will get through this together and stronger,” said Ford.
The following emergency orders are extended until April 23:
- Closure of public places and establishments with exemption for emergency child care for health care and frontline essential service workers
- Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
- Work deployment for health service providers
- Drinking water and sewage
- Electronic service of documents
- Work deployment for long-term care homes
- Electricity pricing
- Closure of non-essential workplaces
- Traffic management
- Streamlining requirements for long-term care homes
- Prohibiting unfair pricing for necessary goods
- Enforcement of orders
- Work deployment 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
- Pick up and deli very of cannabis
- Signatures in wills and powers of attorney
- Use of force and firearms in policing services
- Closure of outdoor recreational amenities
For more information on the government response to COVID-19, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.