The Ontario government is extending most emergency orders until Sept. 22.
This marks the second time that the government has extended most but not all emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).
All orders have been extended with the following exceptions:
- The Education Sector order will end on Aug. 31, 2020.
- The Limitation Periods order will end and suspended time periods will resume running on Sept. 14, 2020.
The orders extended until Sept. 22 include work redeployment and limiting work for healthcare workers, retirement homes and long-term care homes, signatures of wills and powers of attorney, rules for areas in Stage 3 and patios. More information on the extension can be found here.
On July 21, the Ontario Legislature passed the ROA to ensure important measures remained in place to address the sustained threat of COVID-19 once the provincial Declaration of Emergency came to an end.
According to the government, extending the emergency order ensures they have the tools to "safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations."
As of Aug. 10, 2020, all public health units in the province are in Stage 3 of reopening.
The government originally declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17.