Daily COVID-19 Update - May 6, 2020


The following are the latest COVID-19 updates available for May 6, 2020. 

Extended Emergency Orders

Emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, have been extended until May 19, 2020.

This includes the closure of child care centres, outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging.

Additional Business Allowed to Reopen

The Premier of Ontario has announced today further businesses that will be allowed to reopen as long as they adhere to strict guidelines.

As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies. Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

In addition to easing restrictions on retail, the government is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue.


Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief

The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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