Published Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:29AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:14AM EDT
All emergency orders will now be in effect until June 30.
"Extending these emergency orders gives our frontline health care providers the necessary flexibility to rapidly respond to urgent needs and protect our most vulnerable," Premier Doug Ford said in a news release issued Wednesday.
"Even though we're seeing decreasing infection rates with increased testing levels, we can't let our guard down just yet. We need to keep these emergency measures in place to support our frontline heroes and we must all continue following the public health advice, so we can reopen more of the province safely and gradually."
The province first declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17 in response to the pandemic.
Ontario has seen three consecutive days where the number of new cases dipped below 200 and there has been a steep decline in the number of virus-related hospitalizations in recent weeks.
The majority of businesses that were forced to close due to the pandemic have now been permitted to open in most parts of Ontario under Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan.
Due to a higher number of new and active COVID-19 cases , Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 1, meaning that many businesses, including restaurant patios and hair salons, cannot yet reopen in those three areas.
Social gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed across Ontario and child-care centres have also been given the green light to reopen province-wide.
"While current emergency orders will remain in place until the end of the month, the government will continue to review each one on an ongoing, case-by-case basis to determine when and if they can safely be adjusted or lifted, as part of the province's framework to safely reopen the province," the province said in a news release issued Wednesday.
Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott will be holding a news conference at Queen's Park at 1 p.m. today.