Ontario Extends COVID-19 Emergency Orders Until April 23

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Ontario government extends COVID-19 emergency orders to April 23, while adding new orders, including banning camping on Crown land and making makeshift structures to help hospitals and shelters.

The province also allows hospitals to use beds in retirement homes to increase capacity, “with no impact on labor relations.”

Ontario is “making it easier” to reuse buildings and set up temporary structures like tents to reduce the pressure on health care and help shelters find more space to sleep.

New order to help construction industry

Ontario said it is also taking emergency measures to “improve cash flow” in the construction industry.

“This will lift the suspension of limitation and procedural periods under the Construction Law and allow the release of deductions to contractors and subcontractors, “said the province in a press release.

All previous COVID-19 emergency orders will remain in effect until April 23, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and the restriction of group meetings.

All actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, the province said.

Issue more physical distance tickets, insists Tory

Meanwhile, Toronto mayor John Tory is calling for tougher enforcement and more tickets for people with physical distance rules.

“We have information on everything from bonfires on the beach to hanging out in parking lots, playing pickup sports in enclosed areas,” Tory said in an open letter to the Toronto police chief. and the executive director of Municipal Licensing and Standards.

Police can issue $ 1,000 bills if people who do not live together are within two meters of each other.

Fines could go even higher – up to $ 5,000 after conviction.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said “the time has come” for stricter enforcement of physical distance regulations. (Cole Burston / Canadian Press)

Toronto public health reported that another 23 people died from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in the city to 77.

While most residents stay within two meters of each other, said Tory, “we still have informative conversations with hundreds of people who don’t understand or will not comply.”

“The time has come for tighter enforcement and more tickets. “

274 deaths in Ontario

Ontario has recorded 6,237 confirmed cases and 274 deaths related to COVID-19, according to CBC figures. To date, 2,574 people in the province have recovered from the disease.

“I understand that the measures we are taking affect the lives and livelihoods of people in the province, but these are extraordinary times and we must do all we can to keep individuals and families safe and stop the spread of this terrible virus, “said the Prime Minister. Doug Ford said in a statement.

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