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Have your Say in Improving Transportation in Downtown Mississauga

Do you drive, walk or cycle in Downtown Mississauga? Your input can guide future transportation projects in this area of the city by visiting our on-demand virtual open house for the newly launched Downtown Movement Plan. The best part is it can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

The Downtown Movement Plan (DMP) is part of the larger Downtown Strategy project that is building on the success of Downtown Mississauga. The project will make sure that Downtown Mississauga continues to be a vibrant place to live, work, learn, be entertained, raise a family, and a place to choose to be.

The DMP will identify the transportation infrastructure and policies required to support and guide the continued development of Downtown Mississauga in two phases:

·       Phase 1 (Summer 2020): Review what works and what doesn’t in Downtown Mississauga’s transportation system today

·       Phase 2 (Fall 2020 – Winter 2021): Identify and evaluate ways to make getting to, from and around Downtown Mississauga easier via transit, walking, cycling or vehicle.

Throughout both phases there will be an opportunity for engagement. The public engagement portion of Phase 1 begins Monday, August 17, 2020 in the form of a virtual open house that is available 24-7, whenever it best fits into your schedule. Visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/downtown until Monday, September 21, 2020 to share input, submit questions, provide feedback, and click on the “Stay Informed” icon to join the mailing list.

Mandatory Face Covering By-law For Indoor Public Spaces

Mississauga City Council approved a new by-law requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor public spaces that are accessible to the public. The by-law is in effect as of July 10, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We want to get life back to normal as soon as possible, allow more businesses to open more quickly, and get our City facilities re-opened as soon as possible.” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “To do this, we need to remain vigilant, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, but also wear a mask in indoor spaces where the spread of the virus can happen more easily. This is why we’ve made the decision to make face coverings like masks mandatory in indoor settings. By wearing a mask you protect others from potential exposure to the virus and you help us prevent a large second wave in the Fall. We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

The by-law reflects the recommendations made by health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels to wear face coverings in public where physical distancing may be difficult. On June 30, 2020 the Region of Peel announced steps would be taken toward mandatory masks in indoor public spaces.

The City’s new by-law will require businesses to have a policy in place and to prominently display their rules. It will apply to all indoor public spaces that are open and accessible including:

• retail stores
• shopping malls
• restaurants
• businesses that primarily sell food including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and convenience stores
• churches, mosques and other places of worship, except during a religious rite or ceremony that is incompatible with the face being covered
• indoor sports and recreational facilities
• shopping malls or similar structure which contains multiple places of business
• commercial establishments providing personal care services that are permitted to open under the Emergency Orders
• common areas of hotels and motels and other short term accommodations, such as lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms or other common use facilities, but not the common areas of residential apartments buildings or condominiums
• libraries, museums, galleries and other similar facilities
• banquet halls, conventions centres, arenas, stadiums and other event spaces
• concert venues, theatres, cinemas, casinos and other entertainment establishments
• premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre, or other facility for real estate purposes
• MiWay buses, taxis and private vehicles for hire such as Uber and Lyft
• Municipal buildings
• other businesses that are permitted to operate in accordance with the Emergency Orders

Face Coverings

Face coverings (including a mask, bandana or scarf) are to be constructed of cloth, linen or other similar fabric that fits securely to the head and are large enough to completely and comfortably cover the mouth, nose and chin without gaping.

Exemptions

Certain facilities are exempt from the by-law, including schools, daycares, hospitals and health care offices.  It also exempts portions of buildings used for day camps or for sports training as permitted by the Province.

Exemptions also include persons:

  • children under the age of two
  • who have trouble breathing or are otherwise unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons or reasons of disability, including people who are unable to remove masks without assistance
  • who are engaged in an athletic, fitness or aquatic activity in accordance with the Emergency Orders
  • consuming food or drink inside a bar or restaurant (once the Province permits those types of business to open for indoor dining)
  • employees and agents of the Operator or Municipality within an area not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier;

Persons will not be required to provide proof to meet any of the exemptions set out in the By-law.

Enforcement

  • Under the City’s  bylaw, operators of businesses will be responsible for ensuring those entering their premises comply with the by-law requirements. Under the by-law, individuals are required to wear a face covering before entering and while inside an indoor public space. The City is applying to the Ministry of the Attorney General for set fines of less than $500 for both businesses and individuals. The City will be taking the approach of education and awareness regarding the new by-law first, followed by enforcement. Enforcement of the by-law will be the responsibility of the City’s By-law Enforcement Officers (non-City property), Corporate Security Officers (City facilities and buildings) and Transit Enforcement Officers (City transit terminals and MiWay buses).

Health and Safety

Residents are reminded that face coverings must be worn properly and to wash hands before and after putting on and taking them off. Face coverings are to cover the nose and mouth. Do not touch the mask or otherwise move it until ready to remove it completely. If disposable, ensure masks are disposed of appropriately once removed; reusable face coverings should be washed with regular laundry once removed. For more information visit Region of Peel.

To help overcome COVID-19, the Region of Peel Public Health continues to recommend and remind of the four core steps:

  1. Stay apart

Maintain 2-metres distance from everyone outside your safe social circle.

  1. Lather up

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

  1. Mask up

Wear a non-medical mask where maintaining physical distancing is difficult and where masks are mandatory. Protect the supply of medical grade masks for health care workers.

  1. Get tested

If you think you might have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it you should get tested. While waiting for test results, stay home, self-isolate and prevent potential spread.

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To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/recovery or call 311.

Virtual Activities for Older Adults Push Away the Isolation Blues

Gail and Marg are regulars at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, but when the COVID-19 pandemic caused facilities to close, they were feeling isolated. Within days of the centre being closed, the City of Mississauga set up virtual classes and they eagerly ventured into the virtual world.   

“I love being able to join in four or five days a week, greeting old friends and meeting new ones,” said Gail. “Knowing I can do something each day has helped mentally, physically and emotionally during this uncertain time.” 

“Before COVID-19, I was busy with activities at the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre,” said Marg. “When COVID-19 hit, there was no substitute until the virtual sessions started. What a lifesaver being able to see and hear real people, some familiar and some new.”

If you are an older adult like Gail or Marg, experiencing isolation or simply missing the social interactions you had before COVID-19, Mississauga has the right fix for you!

The recreation team have developed a weekly calendar of activities for older adults who are 55+.  The activities are designed to offer opportunities to chat, learn something new, and try different fitness classes to get some movement into your day. Let’s face it, it hasn’t been easy for anyone during this pandemic, but for older adults who haven’t been able to see their families, friends and regular social circle, physical distancing can be much more difficult.

Don’t let the virtual space scare you because joining these City hosted activities is easy. All it takes is a computer or a tablet and a few clicks to join in the fun. There are technical experts on hand if you need some help. And if you don’t have a computer or tablet, you can also phone-in to participate.

“Over the last few months, we have talked, laughed and learned about a variety of interesting and fun topics and it’s as easy as one, two and three to take part,” said Gail. “Please join us anytime; you will be glad you did.”

Here is a sampling of the free activities:

·       Monday (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.): Yarn Crafters – share your project or get an idea for a new one

·       Tuesday (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.): Coffee Talk – bring your favourite cup of coffee or tea and join to for a chat with a new focus each week

·       Wednesday (10:30  a.m. – 30-40 minutes): Fitness Break with certified instructors who will use common household items such as a can of soup for a short workout

·       Thursday (11 a.m. to noon): Hot Topics – join a chat with a new guest speaker each week

·       Friday (1 p.m. – 30-40 minutes): Fitness Break with certified instructors who will use common household items such as a can of soup for a short workout

If you still aren’t convinced, Gail says it is as easy as downloading WebEx and Zoom, registering on the Mississauga.ca/recreation stay home stay active page. You will receive a confirmation email from the city and you simply open and click on the big green button to join these sessions.

“The variety of sessions covered includes the local response to the pandemic through discussions with local councillors, a member of parliament; as well as how to contact Mississauga’s virtual library and historic homes to name a few,” said Marg. “It’s been lots of fun with the occasional trivia game, conversations, and of course, the fitness classes.”

Visit the Mississauga.ca/recreation stay home stay active page to check out the virtual classes and sign in with the click of a button. When it’s time for the class start, the host will open up the session five minutes before the class begins. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.