Introduction of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act

Published on July 08, 2020

Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians. Since the province first learned of COVID-19, the government has responded to the situation and continues to act decisively to contain the spread of this deadly virus.

Ontarians have made significant sacrifices over the past four months to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We must not allow the progress we have made to be undone. We must maintain our vigilance until an effective vaccine is available.  That is why the government has introduced the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act that would, if passed, support the continued efforts to reopen Ontario in a way that recognizes that the impact of COVID-19 may still be felt for an extended period of time after the declaration of emergency has ended.

This proposed legislation would allow the province to continue its path to recovery by easing restrictions where appropriate, while maintaining important select measures to address the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

This would include the ability to extend and amend certain existing orders to best protect Ontarians, such as those related to workplace rules or practices, restrictions on gatherings and events, and compliance with public health advice. However, the government would no longer have the ability to make new orders.

Any updates to the orders would be guided by public health advice and our resolve to stop the spread of COVID-19, support front-line workers, and ensure the health and well-being of all Ontarians.

The government will continue to take balanced action that allows Ontario to respond quickly and prudently as the situation evolves, while supporting communities and businesses at every step of the recovery process.

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