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Ontario extends emergency orders to June 19

Lodges, cabins and cottages declared essential businesses

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 19 and adjusted the list of businesses considered essential, outlined therein.

This extension was granted following consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, to give employers of front line care providers the flexibility to respond to COVID and protect the public as the province reopens. 

As of June 5, these orders now permit the operation of lodges, cabins and cottages, previously considered non-essential. 

"It is critical that we keep these emergency orders in place so we can continue to reopen the province gradually and safely," said Premier Doug Ford, in a press release. 

"We are not out of the woods yet, and this deadly virus still poses a serious risk. We encourage businesses to begin preparing to reopen, so when the time comes, they will be able to protect employees, consumers and the general public."

Emergency orders extended without revision, include that which enable frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, as well as allow public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing. It also prohibits long-term care and retirement home employees from working at more than one home or for another health service provider.

The province will also be extending the suspension of limitation periods and time periods in proceedings until September 11, to ensure people will not experience legal consequences if the original time requirements of their case are not met. 

Find a full list of the emergency orders extended until June 19 here