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State of emergency extended until July 24

Most emergency orders have been extended until July 29
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Most emergency orders in Ontario have been extended to July 29, and the state of emergency has been extended until July 24.

This marks the first time that the government has stated that they are extending most but not all emergency orders.

According to the government, extending the emergency order ensures they have the tools to "safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations."

The orders extended until July 29 include work redeployment and limiting work for healthcare workers, retirement homes and long-term care homes, pickup and delivery of cannabis, signatures of wills and powers of attorney, rules for areas in Stage 2 and patios. More information on the extension can be found here.

This comes as most regions enter stage 3 of the province's reopening framework on Friday.

This week, the number of COVID-19 cases being reported by Public Health Ontario has been on a downward trend. For the past three days, the number of new cases being reported daily has been under 130.

Ontario introduced legislation on July 7 to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year.

Premier Doug Ford said the bill would allow his government to move quickly to extend or change public health measures as the province continues to emerge from the strict lockdown rules it has been under since March.

The government originally declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17. 

Riley Smith

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Riley Smith is a news editor who has been a member of the Village Media team in November 2018. A graduate of history and political science at Algoma University, these also happen to be her favourite topics to read and write about.
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