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Ontario extends COVID-19 orders until Dec. 21

TORONTO — The Ontario government has extended all orders currently in place under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) until Dec. 21.

The move was made, the province says, in consultation with Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

The announcement was made in a press release on Nov. 20.

“As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic grips our province, we all need to do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones and keep our communities safe,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

“Extending these orders will continue to ensure we have the tools to address urgent public health situations and support the delivery of health care and other critical services, while keeping measures in place to protect vulnerable populations.”

The ROA came into effect on July 24 to ensure “important measures remained in place” after the provincial declared emergency came to an end. Under the ROA, orders can be extended for up to 30 days at a time and all order extensions must be reported to the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. New orders cannot be created.

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