In a special sitting of the Ontario Legislature today, the Ontario Government voted to extend its declaration of a state of emergency until June 2nd.
The declaration allows the province certain tools and legislative abilities to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, and extending the declaration gives officials more time to gradually reopen businesses, services, and amenities safely.
“We are making steady progress to flatten the curve and get more people back to work safely, including our legislators, but we still have far to go in defeating COVID-19,” said Premier Ford. “Extending the declaration of emergency will allow us to continue to take action to protect Ontarians, while carefully and cautiously reopening more parts of our economy.”
Under the State of Emergency, events and gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, many public spaces including playgrounds remain closed, and mandates the closure of many businesses. A full list of the province’s emergency orders can be found here.