23 April 2020 – All emergency orders extended to 6 May, new measures to increase mental health and addiction agency capacity

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education, Finance/Economy, Health, Private Sector and Businesses
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Gatherings, businesses, and services; Legal and policy; Declaring state of emergency
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health (Dr. David Williams), Premier (Doug Ford)

Overview: The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020. This includes closure of all outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places, bars and restaurants, etc., along with restrictions on social gatherings and limiting staff working in more than one retirement or long-term care home. The government has also launched a new measure to allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff to different locations or programs and employ extra part-time, temporary, and contract staff to ensure people continue to receive high quality care.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-to-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, Chief Medical Officer of Health
Evidence/Justification: The justification for the extension of emergency orders is to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians to stop the spread of COVID-19. This action has been taken under the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, with Ontario facing the continued threat of COVID-19.