Ontario extends emergency order until June 30

Ontario’s state of emergency due to COVID-19 will remain in place until at least June 30.

A Trillium, Ontario’s official flower. Jack Fisher/GuelphWire

On Tuesday, premier Doug Ford said that the province is still working to quell the spread of the virus.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Ford. “[It] is critical that we exercise caution to keep everyone safe, including protecting our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes”

The continued emergency order assures that hospitals and long-term care homes have the flexibility to respond to the crisis.

The extended authorizations include redistribution of healthcare workers, the hiring of new, temporary healthcare staff to fill in, support case and contact tracing, and the prevention of unfair pricing of necessary goods (like hand sanitizer).

Ford also speculated that Ontario might enter stage 2 of reopening sometime in the coming weeks. He said that Ontario is considering letting bars and restaurants open their patios as of next week.