TORONTO, ONT -- Some Windsorites have more chances for getting out of their homes as things reopen, but some options are likely to remain limited as the province is expected to extend its state of emergency until the end of the month.

Debate started Tuesday afternoon and if the vote passes, the measure -- which had been set to expire Tuesday -- will be extended for another 28 days.

The measure bans gatherings larger than five people.

It also orders the closure of some businesses such as restaurants and bars, except if they offer takeout or delivery.

Independent legislator Randy Hillier has said he will vote against the measure, saying it gives the government too much authority.

Ontario declared a state of emergency on March 17 as COVID-19 cases began to climb in the province.

According to numbers released Tuesday morning, the total of COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex has reached 977, including 497 people who have recovered.

With files from CTV Windsor.