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25 juin 2020 | 10h20 UTC

Canada: Authorities extend state of emergency in Ontario until July 15 /update 17

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Canadian Authorities extend state of emergency in Ontario until July 15 amid COVID-19 pandemic; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/6/2020, 12h00 until 30/6/2020, 11h59 (America/Toronto). COUNTRY/REGION Canada, British Columbia

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Authorities in Ontario have extended the current state of emergency until July 15 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The extension comes as Ontario's two most heavily populated regions, Toronto and Peel, move to stage two of the four-tier pandemic reopening framework. During this stage, hairdressers and restaurants are permitted to reopen, although the latter will only be able to open their patios for dine-in service. A full list of the orders in force during stage two can be found here.

Similarly, Premier John Horgan announced on Wednesday, June 24, that the state of emergency in British Columbia has been extended until July 7. This is the eighth time that authorities have extended the state of emergency in British Columbia. Hogan further announced that British Columbia would transition into phase three, which will see the reopening of the hospitality sector, including hotels and resorts. However, social distancing and hygiene measures will remain in place.

The return of full-time school classroom learning is expected to begin in September 2020, as part of the phase three plan. Additionally, international travelers returning to British Columbia are required to self-isolate for a 14-day period.

Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, as well as temporary foreign workers and some international students, can return to Canada by air. In addition, only Toronto Pearson (YYZ); Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL); Calgary International Airport (YYC); and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Cruise ships and other vessels with more than 500 people are prohibited from docking at ports until July 1. The US-Canada border remains closed for all nonessential travel until July 21.

As of June 24, health authorities have confirmed 104,087 COVID-19 cases and 8544 associated deaths in Canada, while British Columbia has reported 2849 COVID-19 cases. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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