Coronavirus: Ontario extends emergency orders until July 29

Coronavirus: Ontario government extends pandemic emergency orders
WATCH ABOVE (July 7, 2020): Coronavirus — Ontario government extends pandemic emergency orders.

The Ontario government says it is extending most emergency orders until July 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The province is enforcing emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act due to the outbreak.

Keeping emergency orders in place allows the government flexibility to ensure vulnerable populations are protected as many regions are about to move into Stage 3 of reopening, the government said.

Much of Ontario is set to enter Stage 3 on Friday, with the exception of regions in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Lambton and Windsor-Essex.

Read more: Ontario reopening Stage 3 — Gathering limit increasing as indoor dining, gyms permitted to reopen

“Although the trends in public health indicators continue to improve, we must remain on our guard and only relax emergency orders if and when safe to do so,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement Thursday morning.

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“By following our gradual plan to reopen the province, we are seeing people get back to work and resume many activities safely. We do not want to undo the tremendous progress we have made together, so I urge everyone to stay the course and follow public health advice.”

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On July 7, the Ontario government introduced the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 that would, if passed, ensure certain measures remain in place once the state of emergency has ended in order to deal with impacts from the virus. A state of emergency was first declared on March 17.

According to the government, the following emergency orders have been extended until July 29: