Ontario extends COVID-19 state of emergency for another 28 days

Apr 20, 2020

Ontario has extended its state of emergency for another 28 days. The order closes non-essential businesses and child-care centers until May 12. Premier Doug Ford says Ontario's schools will not re-open on May 4.

All business except those deemed essential have been shut down. The province will allow curbside pick up and delivery of cannabis. All bars and restaurants, except for takeout and delivery, have been closed.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Sunday announces another $20 million to support finding a vaccine to COVID-19.
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All industrial construction except for essential projects, such as hospitals, has been halted. Also closed are recreational facilities, public libraries, private schools, licensed child-care centers, movie theatres and concert venues.

Any public events of more than five people, including parades, events and services at places of worship, are prohibited, and provincial parks are closed.  The City of Toronto has also closed playgrounds, sports fields, off-leash dog parks, skateboard parks and picnic areas. Parking lots attached to parks are closed.

The province said it will also quadruple COVID-19 testing capacity to 16,000 by May 6.

On April 17, the province expanded eligibility for free emergency child care to include workers in developmental services, victim services, violence against women services, children's aid societies, probation and parole officers and staff in homeless shelters. The program was initially set up for health-care workers, first responders and correctional officers.

The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of Monday morning was 35,056 (9 presumptive, 35,047 confirmed including 1,587 deaths, 11,843 resolved). By province:

  • Quebec: 18,357 confirmed (including 877 deaths, 3,555 resolved)
  • Ontario: 10,578 confirmed (including 553 deaths, 5,209 resolved)
  • Alberta: 2,803 confirmed (including 55 deaths, 1,198 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 1,647 confirmed (including 81 deaths, 987 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 675 confirmed (including 9 deaths, 200 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 314 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 234 resolved), 1 presumptive
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 257 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 191 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 245 confirmed (including 5 deaths, 143 resolved), 8 presumptive
  • New Brunswick: 118 confirmed (including 92 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 26 confirmed (including 23 resolved)
  • Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed
  • Yukon: 9 confirmed (including 8 resolved)
  • Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 3 resolved)
  • Nunavut: No confirmed cases