Ontario extends COVID-19 emergency orders to July 29


The province has extended its emergency orders to July 29 in the continued effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Ford government has legislation ready to make some of the powers in the orders more permanent, but it has yet to be passed by the Legislature. The extension of the orders, according to a government news release, allows time for Bill 195 to be passed.

The emergency orders which have been extended include suspending collective agreements to allow health care workers to be redeployed where needed particularly in nursing homes and long term care, pandemic pay for health care workers, the regulations around the first and second stage of reopening, and the delivery of cannabis to your door as well all the rules around expanded patios for restaurants.

The province declared a state of emergency March 17 and the last emergency orders were in effect until July 24.