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Province extends Reopening Ontario Act orders

Orders extended to February 19
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The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders currently in effect until Feb.19.

All orders are being extended with the exception of the O. Reg. 75/20  (Drinking Water Systems and Sewage Works) order, which is not being renewed. 'Rules for Areas in Stage One' (O. Reg. 82/20) was also amended to ensure government infrastructure projects are able to continue as essential construction activities.

"Extending these orders ensures the necessary tools remain in place to help respond to the disturbing increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and provide safeguards for Ontarians, especially our vulnerable populations," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Our government will continue to take the actions needed to preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated."

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), and a stay-at-home order came into effect Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, as COVID-19 cases continue to soar throughout the province.

Those who do not abide by orders under the EMCPA or the ROA can face fines such as the following:

  • $750 for individuals who fail to comply with an order;
  • $1,000 for corporations who fail to comply with an order; and
  • $1,000 for anyone who prevents an enforcement officer from exercising their powers or performing their duties to enforce the orders.

If convicted, maximum fines for committing an offence can be $100,000 for an individual to $10 million for a corporation, and individuals could face up to a year in jail. 

The government originally declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17, 2020. 

The list of orders under the ROA that have been extended can be found online on the Government of Ontario's website.