Another day, another COVID-19 update. This time, it’s the extension of a set of orders by the provincial government under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The extension means that a few guidelines, which were set to expire on June 2nd, will now carry forward until June 16th. Cue a sigh so deep it’s heard across the province.
So here’s what you need to know. The extension, which was made official on Thursday, May 27th, covers nine items. They include the continued closure of provincial border crossings from Manitoba or Quebec, the continued ban of recreational camping on public land, compliance orders for retirement homes, and various regulations for hospital staff and patients.
For months, thousands of dedicated people have been working around the clock to get vaccines into arms and they’ve done an incredible job.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 28, 2021
It’s important to note this does not mean major changes in the three-step reopening plan Ontario announced on May 20th. The province is still expected to enter Step One of reopening two weeks after 60% of adults have the first dose of the vaccination. As it stands now, that’s likely to happen the week of June 14th.
So, if you’ve been following health guidelines and staying home, these new extensions probably won’t impact you too much. You can read the official Extension of Orders document right here.
As usual, stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy.