Government of Ontario Declares Provincial Emergency
January 14, 2021
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), effective January 12, 2021. This declaration of emergency will automatically terminate in 14 days unless terminated earlier or extended. The declaration of a provincial emergency allows the Government to make new emergency orders under the EMCPA, including the enactment of a new enforcement order.
Within this declaration of emergency, the Government introduced a stay-at-home order under the EMCPA and a regulation amending the existing “shutdown” order in place under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). The order and regulation are both aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household, and take effect January 14, 2021.
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