The Ontario government announced on Thursday that it will be extending emergency orders for an additional month.
The orders have been extended until Sept. 22, 2020. They were initiated under legislation called Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. The act, and the associated emergency orders in it, were put in place as part of the plan to cautiously reopen Ontario.
The extension allows the province to evaluate ongoing COVID-19 related health concerns as they change and develop, while continuing to protect vulnerable sectors of the population. That includes seniors, people with developmental disabilities, and those with mental health and addiction issues.
Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said although the province is seeing progress and improvement in the fight against COVID-19, that doesn’t mean it is no longer a concern.
“We must continue safely and gradually down the path to recovery while tackling the ongoing effects of this pandemic,” she said in a statement.
All orders will be extended with the exception of the Education Sector order, which will end Aug. 31. The Limitations Period order will resume running on Sept. 14, 2020.
A full list of orders that will continue under the Reopening Ontario Act can be found on the government of Ontario website. See below for link.
Full list of Government Ontario emergency orders
Ontario’s Education Sector order
Limitations Period Order