Ontario Takes Further Action To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
Province Extends Emergency Orders Until April 23
TORONTO – To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of people in the province, the Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to date by under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act until April 23, 2020, including the closure of outdoor equipment in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of unfair pricing.
In addition, new measures have been introduced to reduce peak capacity in retirement homes, restrict recreational camping on Crown land and allow the reuse of existing buildings and temporary structures. All of these actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.
“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 everything we can to keep individuals and families safe and stop the spread of this terrible virus, “said Premier Ford. “We must all continue to do our part by staying at home and practicing physical distance. With the proper precautions and the additional steps we are taking today, I am confident that we will succeed together and stronger. “
Ontario has introduced the following new steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The government is:
- Facilitate the reuse of existing buildings and the establishment of temporary structures, such as tents, so that communities can respond quickly to their local needs. This will reduce the pressure on health care facilities, if necessary, and help shelters provide more space to sleep in order to maintain the requirements of physical distance to reduce the spread of the virus.
- Temporarily allow hospitals to increase capacity by using retirement home beds and services without affecting labor relations during the declared provincial emergency.
- Prohibition of recreational camping on Crown land effective April 9, 2020. Under the emergency order, no person may camp on Crown land, including the installation of tents or other camping structures, while the ordinance is in force. The government will continue to monitor the situation and reassess if further action is required.
- Support construction workers and businesses with emergency measures to help improve cash flow in the construction industry during the COVID-19 epidemic. This will lift the suspension of limitation and procedural time limits under the Construction Law and allow the release of deductions to contractors and sub-contractors.
The following emergency orders have been extended until April 23, 2020:
- Temporary facilities must be designed and serviced by qualified professionals (such as licensed architects and professional engineers) and municipal building officials must inspect the facilities to ensure they are safe.
- The Construction Law aims to regulate the way payments are made, to ensure that workers who provided services or materials during a construction project are paid for their work.
Visit the Ontario website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
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