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BREAKING: Ford extends Ontario's state of emergency to July 15, hopeful this will be final extension

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will extend the province's state of Emergency to July 15.
Quinn Patrick Montreal, QC

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will extend the province's state of Emergency to July 15, according to CP24. The motion passed on Wednesday morning but Premier Ford said that he is hopeful that this will be the last extension his administration will have to make.

Once the state of emergency comes to an end, Ontario won't be allowed to make new emergency orders, make amendments to existing ones or reenact old ones. Existing ones however may be extended such as the banning of large gatherings, which is likely to continue long after July 15 along with many other orders implemented under the state of emergency.

The Health Protection and Promotion Act will see certain powers remain in the hands of local medical health officers, such as requiring residents to where face masks inside commercial establishments,

Toronto and Peel region, the province's most densely populated areas will begin to reopen more businesses during the next stage of Ontario's recovery plan since they have now joined the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the reopening framework.

Windsor-Essex is the last region to receive clearance for Stage 2 due to their excessively high COVID-19 cases.

Hair stylists, pools and tour guide services are among the latest businesses allowed to reopen in the Toronto and Peel regions. Restaurants there may also reopen for dine-in service as long as it's on a patio.

The Ford government said despite the recent wave of businesses getting the green light to reopen, all physical distancing measure must remain in place to prevent a second spike in cases.

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