Ontario; #ExtensionOfEmergency; #SafeRelaunchOfStage2
Ottawa, Jun 24 (Canadian-Media): In consultation with the Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government extended June 24 the provincial Declaration of Emergency under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 15, 2020, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Vidoe grab
The approval for extending Ontario's Declaration of Emergency was given by Ontario Legislature on June 24.
This extension would facilitate Ontario to get additional time, more safety, as well as the necessary tools to allow more places to reopen safely while at the same time continuing to support frontline health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.
Another extension of the Declaration of Emergency is necessary to continue to see improvements in the public health trends as people try to adapt to the new environment, said Ontario Premier Doug Ford on June 24 in a news release.
33 public health unit regions have entered Stage 2 of the Framework for Reopening Ontario, as of June 24, allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work.
The Windsor-Essex County public health unit region remains in Stage 1 and there would be ongoing monitoring of the situation in the region.
The provincial Declaration of Emergency enables the government to make emergency orders, and as needed to ease restrictions in support of its phased reopening and to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.
Emergency orders in force under the Declaration of Emergency empowers frontline care providers to redeploy staff to areas which need them most, limiting long-term care and retirement home employees to working at one home, as well as enabling public health units to
support Ontario's enhanced case management and contact tracing strategy by redeploying or hiring staff.
These measures would protect seniors and other vulnerable populations from the threat of COVID-19.
Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will continue to monitor public health trends related to COVID-19 and assess on an ongoing basis whether the provincial Declaration of Emergency needs to be extended further.
The government will also continue to review emergency orders currently in place to determine when it is safe to amend or lift them as more places in the province begin to reopen.