ONTARIO — Add another 14 days to Ontario’s state of emergency declaration and stay-at-home order: The Ford government today announced that extension to the provincial state of emergency it originally imposed for two weeks starting Jan. 12.
All related measures under the declaration, including the Stay-at-Home Order, enforcement provisions and a pause on residential evictions have now been renewed until Feb. 9. And the government has not ruled out another extension beyond that date.
Today’s move comes on the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 infection recorded in Ontario.
“A year ago today, we were presented with one of the most difficult challenges in our history with the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Ontario,” said Premier Ford.
In the intervening year, the province has recorded 5,846 deaths attributed to the virus.
The provincial government also placed Ontario small businesses and other large swathes of the economy into lockdown on Dec. 26, under separate legislation — the ironically named Reopening Ontario Act. Initially imposed for 28 days, those measures were extended on Jan. 16 to last until Feb. 19.