Ontario Government Extending Pandemic Emergency Orders

August 20, 2020 Updated: August 20, 2020

The Ontario government is extending emergency orders until Sept. 22, saying it continues to need the tools to address the pandemic.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the province has seen “great progress” in fighting the pandemic but “now is not the time to let our guard down.”

Orders restricting activities under Stage 3 that govern health-care worker redeployment and management of long-term care homes remain in place. These extensions are to provide the government with the ability to protect vulnerable populations such as seniors, people with disabilities, and those with health and addiction issues.

The order for the education sector will still end on Aug. 31, however.

The government says it will be flexible and allow school administrations extra days if needed so they can get students back into schools safely in September.

Jones said the government is conducting an ongoing review of all orders to determine if they are still necessary and “will relax restrictions or lift orders when it is safe to do so.”

On July 24, the Reopening Ontario Act replaced the Declaration of Emergency, declared on March 16.