Ontario Extends Orders Under The Reopening Ontario Act

Published on August 21, 2020

Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians. Since we first learned of COVID-19, this government has taken decisive action to contain the spread of this deadly virus.


While the public health trends are positive, and the government is continuing to gradually and safely reopen the province and focus on recovery, the risk posed by COVID-19 will continue for months to come.


The decision to extend these orders was made after careful review and assessment in consultation with public health officials. The extension for another 30 days is necessary to ensure we can continue to protect our most vulnerable populations and respond to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 virus as the province continues to reopen.


The government will continue to review all orders under the ROA to determine if they need to be extended and to provide a rationale to the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight should a further extension be required. Orders will be lifted, or restrictions eased, when orders are no longer required and with public health guidance on when it is safe to do so.


It is critical that the government continues to take the steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well being of Ontarians.


Ontarians have made significant sacrifices over the past months to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we must not allow this progress we have made to be undone. We must maintain our vigilance until an effective vaccine or treatment is widely available.


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