The Glengarry News

Emergency orders extended

publisher May 27, 2020 - 8:46am
144 cases

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters.

Meanwhile, in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit the number of confirmed cases has levelled off at 144.

The number of deaths, all at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet, remains at 11.

To date, 7,831 tests have been conducted.

"We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province," said Premier Doug Ford. "To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe."