Considerable powers are given to the Premier and the Lieutenant Governor in Council during a declared emergency to issue orders which are "necessary and essential in the circumstances to prevent, reduce or mitigate serious harm to persons". These orders will alleviate the risk or is a reasonable alternative to other actions.
Failure to comply with orders enacted under the EMCPA result in substantial penalties for both individuals and corporations. "Emergency" is defined in the EMCPA and includes "a disease or other health risk," which would include COVID-19.
Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.
Stage 3 of reopening will come into effect on July 17th for the following regions:
Toronto, Peel Region and Windsor-Essex Region will, however, remain in Stage 2
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