16 July 2020 – Government extends emergency orders to obtain flexibility to protect population

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Declaring state of emergency
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH)

Overview: The Ontario government has extended most emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 29, 2020. These orders are broad, impacting health, education, public, and private sectors. A complete list of the orders can be found at the link below.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-2.html

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, CMOH and public health experts
Evidence/Justification: The decision to extend emergency orders was made in consultation with the province’s CMOH and relevant public health experts. The decision was informed by the positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower/low transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity for contact tracing and case management, and a significant increase in testing. Ontario will continue to assess trends in key public health indicators to determine when additional regions of the province can progress to the next stage of reopening, while the situation will be closely monitored to determine when/if public health restrictions can be loosened/reapplied.