The Ontario government on Wednesday morning announced that it extended the emergency orders put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year to June 9, keeping the doors of restaurants and bars closed and playgrounds off-limits until at least that date.
Gatherings will continue to be limited to five, part of several measures remaining in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, the potentially fatal disease caused by the virus. The province recently lifted some restrictions as it embarked on stage one of reopening the economy last week.
“We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province,” said Premier Doug Ford in a release.
“To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly,” the premier added.
“If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe.”
Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants with the exception of takeout and delivery.
The province declared a provincial emergency on March 17 under the emergency management and civil protection act. The overarching emergency action was most recently extended on May 12, 2020 and is currently in effect until June 2.
(Reporting by Eli Ridder)