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Ontario/Canadian-Media: In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario government is extending currently enforced orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) for additional 30 days, with the exception of O. Reg. 75/20 (Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works).
Ontario Emergency Orders Being Extended. Image Credit of @ONsafety
"Extending these orders ensures the necessary tools remain in place to help respond to the disturbing increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and provide safeguards for Ontarians, especially our vulnerable populations," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones in a news release on Jan 16. "Our government will continue to take the actions needed to preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated."
The orders, which were set to expire on Jan. 20, will now be in force until February 19.
The amendment of the rule O. Reg. 82/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage One) necessitated to ensure government infrastructure projects are able to continue as essential construction activities.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) under s 7.0.1, the Ontario government had declared on January 12, 2021 a second provincial emergency, and stay at home order as well as enhanced authorities for enforcement personnel came into effect from Jan 14.
Individuals not compliance with the orders under the EMCPA can be fined $750, corporations who disobey the orders would be fined $1,000, and $1,000 for anyone who prevents an enforcement officer to enforce the orders.
If convicted, maximum fines for committing an offence range from $100,000 for an individual to $10 million for a corporation, and for an individual, penalties could include up to a year in jail.