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Ont. extends emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19

New order issued to support people with mental health and addictions issues

April 23, 2020  by CM Staff

TORONTO — On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced on April 23 it is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020.

The emergency order extension includes the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and limiting staff from working in more than one retirement home or long-term care home.

“We are making steady progress in our battle against this deadly virus, but we are not out of the woods by a long shot. It is absolutely necessary to extend these emergency orders to continue keeping all Ontarians safe and healthy,” said Premier Doug Ford, in a prepared statement. “Every effort made by each of us to stay home, practise physical distancing and wash your hands has been, and will continue to be, the key to stopping the spread of this virus.”

In addition, the government also announced a new measure to allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff within different locations or between programs, and employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff or contractors in order to ensure people continue receiving care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Agencies would be required to provide appropriate training and education to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.