Brampton, ON (June 30, 2020) – Today, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health and Mayors of Brampton, Mississauga and the Town of Caledon announced plans to explore measures, such as a temporary by-law, that would require residents to wear a non-medical mask inside public spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Peel Public Health already strongly supports the use of non-medical masks where distancing is not possible and on transit. A time-limited, broader bylaw mandating when and where non-medical masks must be used further strengthens these recommendations and protects Peel residents. Together with the other Core Four behaviours of physical distancing, handwashing, getting tested and staying home if sick, more consistent use of non-medical masks by all residents in public spaces will help drive down cases and bring this first wave to a close in our community.”
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel
Peel and its area municipalities in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga join several other municipalities across Ontario weighing the issue of mandatory non-medical masks. They will continue to work together to develop the best approach to regulate masks in enclosed public areas across the region. Measures will be considered at upcoming Council meetings in July.
“Wearing a mask can serve as a visual reminder that these are not ordinary times, encourage the practice of the Core Four behaviour, and protect others,” says Nando Iannicca, Regional Chair, Region of Peel. “We have a handle on COVID-19 transmission right now. But the virus is not gone. We must continue to stop its spread and masks will help us do just that.”
“We may be done with the pandemic, but it is not done with us. We need to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures to reduce the severity of a second wave in the fall. Mandatory masks in indoor settings are something our residents have been asking for; together with the other Core Four behaviours, this will allow for a wider reopening of businesses.“
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga
Residents are reminded that masks must be worn properly. Wash your hands before and after you put on and take off a mask. Ensure the mask covers your nose and mouth completely. Do not touch the mask or otherwise move it until you are ready to remove it completely. If disposable, ensure that it is disposed appropriately once removed; reusable masks should be washed with regular laundry once removed.
Residents should also continue to practice physical distancing and wash their hands frequently. Get tested and stay home if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who does.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.
ADDITIONAL AMENITY REOPENINGS, PREPARING FOR STAGE 2 RECOVERY WITH ECONOMIC RESILIENCY TASK FORCE, SUMMER CAMP UPDATE, TEMPORARY ZONING BY-LAW AND FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: additional amenity reopenings, lifting restrictions on fireworks as well as preparing for stage 2 of recovery with an Economic Resiliency Task Force and changes to the Zoning By-law allowing businesses to expand their outdoor patios spaces and seating.
“I know many residents and businesses are frustrated by the province’s decision to keep Mississauga in Stage 1 for now. While Mississauga has made significant progress with an average of 13 new daily cases last week, there is still more to do in terms of a sustained decline across all cities in the Region of Peel.
Every day our Medical Officers are reviewing the data, and if the trends continue positively, I’m confident we will reopen soon. I know that our businesses, especially our small businesses, including restaurants and bars are feeling this the most. Please get ready.
Council continues to do what we can to help with recovery and voted today to allow businesses to easily expand their patios into public areas and parking lots. As part of our economic recovery plan, we are striking an Economic Resiliency Task Force to listen to and assist local businesses with recovery, including how we as a City can make life easier.
We also continue to reopen city amenities safely and responsibly and have a plan in place to proceed with Stage 2 reopening as soon as we are given the green light by the province. I know it’s hard but please stay patient, we are almost there.”
Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Economic Resiliency Task Force
The City of Mississauga’s Economic Resiliency Task Force will oversee and offer Council advice on sector specific economic recovery plans including industry, small business, creative industry, and land development and is a refreshed version of the Economic Development Advisory Board (previously formed to provide input into the City’s Economic Development Strategy). The Task Force will coordinate with Tourism Mississauga’s Board of Directors on review of a tourism recovery plan. It will include Mayor Bonnie Crombie as Chair, Councillor Stephen Dasko, Councillor Dipika Damerla, Councillor Pat Saito, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer Paul Mitcham along with a wide range of business sector representatives, educational partners including the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Mississauga Board of Trade as well as representatives from Peel Public Health, land development, business improvement areas, small business, creative industry and more.
Stage 1 Amenity Reopenings
The following amenities will be reopening on June 19, 2020 as allowed under the Province’s Stage 1 recovery currently in effect for Peel Region:
City of Mississauga and School Board track facilities
Beach volleyball courts
These reopenings are in addition to amenities already reopened including community gardens, marinas and Lakefront Promenade public boat launches, golf courses, leash-free zones, BMX and skateboard parks, public and community tennis courts, benches, shelters and shade structures and seasonal washrooms.
Temporary Zoning By-law The City of Mississauga has introduced a temporary zoning by-law to allow patios in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and other areas where restaurants have direct street frontage and at restaurants located at malls that have their own access. The bylaw allows strip mall based restaurants to use parking areas to accommodate patios, where mall management permits. Restaurants who wish to use the city sidewalk or a public street would need city approval and obtain a modified minor encroachment permit. A patio design guideline and minor encroachment permit application will be available soon. Patios will only be permitted upon the Province providing approval for Mississauga to enter into Stage 2 recovery meeting all COVID-19 guidelines from Region of Peel Public Health. Fees with respect to temporary patios will be waived during this time.
The final step will be to hold a Planning and Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. prior to the Council meeting. The meeting will focus on the temporary zoning by-law to permit outdoor patios accessory to all types of restaurants on adjacent private and public lands and ensure the City meets its statutory notification requirements under the Planning Act regarding the zoning changes.
Fireworks Restrictions Lifted Council approved ending prohibition of the sale and use of fireworks that came in effect on April 24, 2020. In order to sell fireworks, stores require a vendor licence which requires a fire safety inspection. In Mississauga, fireworks may be set off only on the following holidays:
Chinese New Year
To set off fireworks on private property on any day other than these holidays, please apply for a fireworks permit.
Celebration Square Update The start date for the Lions Farmers Market is Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and will continue weekly 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Wednesday, until October 21, 2020.
The Lions Farmers Market will be barricaded off, with attendants controlling the flow of customers into the Market. Within the Market, vendors will be separated from each other by at least 12 feet/ 3.66 metres and 6 feet/2 metres. Markings on the ground will help customers maintain the proper physical distance when in line. Vendors at the Market will accept both cash and contactless payment. Visitors to the Market are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask.
The start date for Food Trucks will be Friday, July 3, 2020. The trucks will be in place seven days a week with hours between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Food Trucks will be required to be spaced out between one another by at least 12 feet/3.66 metres. To allow for contactless ordering and payment, customers will be required to use the Ritual App.
Mississauga Celebration Square has removed tables, chairs and picnic tables but will create 48 physical distancing circles painted on the artificial lawn. The circles will be 10 feet/3.05 metres in diameter and will be spaced 12 feet/3.66 metres apart. Hand sanitizer will be available at all vendors as well as entry and exit points into the Market. Public washrooms and parking elevators will be cleaned prior to opening, and twice during operating hours.
Summer Camps Update To support families with working parents, summer camps will be offered starting July 6 and will run for 9 weeks from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Summer Fun Camp will run for children ages four and half to 10 years at all 11 community centres as well as Meadowvale Village Hall and Port Credit Arena. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Registration starts on June 22 at 8:30 a.m. Residents can register online at activemississauga.ca. If camps are full, residents are encouraged to select the waitlist option. Customer Service support is available at 905-615-4100 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Safety is a Priority
The City is following the guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health’s Summer Day Camp Guidelines which include physical distancing, small group sizes only, screening protocols and staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet cannot be maintained.
Each camp will see:
9 children and 1 facilitator for each group
groups will not mix or co-mingle with other groups
Tourism Mississauga, the City’s new destination marketing organization, held its first meeting today with its new Board of Directors. The board is made up primarily of members from Mississauga’s tourism sector who will provide strategic direction to tourism activities and initiatives in Mississauga.
“As we begin our recovery efforts and start to slowly reopen our city, we will be focusing on helping our key sectors like tourism bounce back and galvanize our economy. Our new Tourism Mississauga Board of Directors will focus on how to best drive tourism to our City and encourage people to support ‘Mississauga Made’ in light of our new reality. On behalf of Mississauga City Council, we thank these industry representatives for stepping up to take on these roles and for being ambassadors for all that our city has to offer.”
Mayor Bonnie Crombie
The board consists of three City Councillors, as well as external stakeholdersrepresenting Mississauga’s tourism sectors:
City Council Members:
· Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko
· Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish
· Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito
Members representing the accommodation/hotel sector:
· Terry Mundell, Greater Toronto Hotel Association
· Toni Frankfurter, Waterside Inn
· Peter Eriksson, Hilton Hotel
· Frank Russo, Four Points Toronto Airport Hotel
Members representing other services/organizations/venues sector:
· Lorrie McKee, Greater Toronto Airport Authority
· Sam Kohli, BIA/Business Center/Appraiser
· Brad Butt, Mississauga Board of Trade
Members representing the retail/restaurant/culinary sector:
· Lesley Boughen, Oxford Properties Group
Members representing the attractions/festival/event sector:
· Eileen Keown, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
· Ron Duquette, Retired Corporate Filmmaker
“The new board brings together the right mix of sector-level representation and experience that reflects Mississauga’s growing tourism industry. I look forward to working with these highly-experienced individuals to promote Mississauga as a tourism destination and to plan the recovery for this hard-hit sector.”
Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Community Services and Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Mississauga
Background: In 2017, the Government of Ontario introduced a regulation permitting municipalities to implement a Municipal Accommodations Tax (MAT). On February 7, 2018, Mississauga City Council approved the implementation of the MAT. This law went into effect on April 1, 2018. Government of Ontario legislation requires 50 per cent of the MAT funds collected by a municipality be directed to an eligible non-profit organization.
In July 2019, City Council approved plans to create a Tourism Municipal Services Corporation now known as Tourism Mississauga. It is the destination marketing organization for Mississauga with a mandate of implementing the City’s Tourism Master Plan.