The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until June 30, 2020. This extension ensures that the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support front-line health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.
To safely reopen the province, the government has committed to review each order on an ongoing case-by-case basis. This will help determine when and if they can safely be adjusted or lifted.
The government announced 31 public health unit regions across the province that may proceed to Stage 2 of its Framework for Reopening thus allowing additional businesses and services to return to work.
Increasing gathering from 5 to 10 people are now allowed in all parts of the province, and people are encouraged to create or join a social circle.
People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.
To help stop the spread, people should continue to follow public health guidelines, including practicing physical distancing, wearing a face covering where physical distancing is a challenge and washing their hands thoroughly and frequently. Anyone who is worried they may have COVID-19, or who may have been exposed to the virus, is encouraged to go for testing.