The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until July 10, 2020. Meanwhile, the Province also announced they are removing some restrictions that were limiting access to certain sport training facilities.
Provincial officials say this decision was made in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safe and gradual reopening of the province on a regional basis can continue as part of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province.
Provincial officials say the extension of the emergency orders will allow key measures needed in the fight against COVID-19 to continue, including allowing frontline health care providers and public health units to redeploy staff where they are needed most, while providing the government with the tools it needs to successfully steer the province through the next stage of reopening and beyond.
“While we have made truly incredible progress in our fight against COVID-19, thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline heroes and the people of Ontario, we know that we must remain vigilant,” stated Premier Doug Ford in a media release.
“These emergency orders will allow us to take action, if necessary, to ensure our continued success as we reopen our province and get more people back to work.”
In addition, the government has removed certain restrictions for Stage 2 indoor sports and recreational fitness activities facilities, Provincial officials say.
This will enable the facilities to be used by more businesses and organizations to train amateur or professional athletes, or to run certain non-contact amateur or professional athletic competitions, Provincial officials say.
In all cases, facility owners would only be able to permit activities to occur in a way that meets public health requirements, Provincial officials say.
These changes will also enable many sports and recreational organizations around the province to again offer sport training programming, helping more people return to sport in Ontario.
On June 24, Ontario announced the extension of the Declaration of Emergency to July 15, allowing the province to continue to make or amend emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The government continues to review all these emergency orders to determine when and if it is safe to amend or lift them as restrictions are eased and more places in the province reopen in a safe and measured way, Provincial officials say.