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New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

Government Reinforcing the Importance of Following Public Health Advice to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health experts, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

Over the past five weeks, Ontario has experienced an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases. Private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group. To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the amended order will apply province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

“Last week our government took immediate action to respond to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, by setting new limits for certain social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario. As the number of cases have continued to rise, it is evident that despite the tremendous efforts of Ontarians further action is required to prevent the spread of the virus. On the advice of Ontario’s public health officials, we are moving forward with these measures to help keep Ontarians safe by limiting the potential for exposure in locations where the current risk of transmission is higher, and to avoid future lockdowns. Protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians will always remain our top priority.”

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions (September 17, 2020)

In addition, the province will work with the municipal sector and other partners to encourage increased enforcement of existing businesses, facilities, workplaces, etc. to comply with all public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in the Stage 3 regulation. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if public health measures need to be further tightened.

COVID-19 Response: Reduction in Social Gathering Limits to 10 Indoors and 25 Outdoors

The City of Mississauga will be enforcing the reduction in social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors as announced by the Government of Ontario, in effect as of today. The amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 include:

  • Functions
  • Parties
  • Dinners
  • Gatherings
  • BBQs
  • wedding receptions held in private residences
  • backyards
  • social gatherings in parks.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held at facilities operated by businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Bars/restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Convention centres or banquet halls
  • Gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art venues.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

The City of Mississauga is continuing to review the impacts on services and programs and will be sharing updates through City channels.

“We are prepared and ready to enforce the province’s new limits on social gatherings and thank residents and businesses for continuing to work with us to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Addressing the unique challenges Peel Region faces is the right thing to do. Exposure through social interactions and large social gatherings continues to be the driver with 80 per cent of all new cases in Peel being acquired in community or household settings. When interacting outside of your bubble of 10, it’s important to remember that the Core 4 still applies – stay apart, lather up, mask up and get tested. While I do not want to see Mississauga regress, it’s important that we work together across the Region to keep cases down, reduce the spread and keep Mississauga healthy and safe.”

A new offence for hosting or organizing a gathering that exceeds social gathering limits will come with a minimum fine of $10,000 and anyone attending the event may be fined a minimum of $750.

City Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers will be enforcing the amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, in partnership with Peel Regional Police
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance

Visit COVID-19 for the latest updates on the City’s response and service impacts

Peel takes first step toward mandatory non-medical masks

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

Continue reading Peel takes first step toward mandatory non-medical masks

Updates to Current City Closures Amid Province’s Phase One Recovery Announcement

The City of Mississauga is reviewing the announcement made by the Province on May 14. The City is actively planning and preparing accordingly in consultation with Peel Public Health. The City is awaiting the details of the Provincial regulations to ensure plans are in place for a safe opening of any facilities detailed in the Phase One framework.

“We want to be mindful of the situation across the GTHA and take reopenings of City facilities slow and steady. The safety of residents and staff will continue to guide every decision we make. We will continue to work closely with the Province and take our lead from Peel Public Health. Further facility reopenings will be rolled out in the weeks and months to come. For now, we ask that you remain patient and vigilant as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through theCity’s website and social media channels.

“We are pleased to be reopening our two golf courses for residents to enjoy. We are ensuring that we strictly adhere to all the guidelines and regulations put out by the Province. When it comes to the reopening City facilities, like our golf courses, safety is a priority for customers and staff. We are being diligent and ensuring that all proper safety measures are in place to protect the health of both the public and City employees.”

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services

CITY FACILITES REOPENING

City-run Community Gardens

Mississauga’s nine community gardens are scheduled to reopen on May 22, 2020 to registered garden members only including Garden of the Valley, Hillside Community Garden, Malton Community Garden, Parkway Green Generation Garden, Forest Glen Community Garden, Hancock Community Garden, Churchill Meadows Community Garden, Small Arms Community Garden and Iceland Teaching Garden.

The City has worked closely with its community garden partner, Ecosource, to develop a safety protocol plan and opening plan. Some of these guidelines include increased supervision, scheduled access, limit to one person per plot at a time, eliminating shared tools, suspension of teaching and group programs and provision of hand washing stations.

City-owned Golf Courses

BraeBen will reopen to customers on May 16, 2020 and Lakeview will reopen on May 21, 2020.While the courses are set to open, it’s important for residents to know there are a number of procedures that have been put in place to help ensure public safety. So if you are planning to play a round at either course, please be aware and follow all safety guidelines.

Golf course parking lots will be open to customers. Customers should arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before tee time. After finishing their round, customers are asked to not loiter.

Visit mississauga.ca/golf for more information and book tee times.

CLOSURES THAT REMAIN IN EFFECT

Boats/Marinas

All City-run marinas and boat launches remain closed at this time. Residents wishing to launch personal watercraft (like a kayak or canoe) may do so at one of the beaches. Residents are reminded that parking lots are restricted and they must ensure they are meeting the requirements of provincial orders and public health guidelines while boating.

Leash-Free Zones, Sports Courts and Multi-Use Fields

Although the Province has announced its intention to permit certain facilities to reopen, it has not yet released the regulations that will revise the emergency orders and detail the requirements for reopening. The City of Mississauga is awaiting the details of the provincial regulations to ensure plans are in place for a safe opening of any facilities detailed in the Phase One framework.

Libraries

City Libraries remain closed at this time. Any reopening plans or changes to the current Library closures will be communicated through our website and social media channels. In the meantime, Library users can access virtual library services and programming at Mississaugalibrary.ca.

Parks and Conservation Areas

City parks and trails remain open for walk-through access only. Park amenities such as playgrounds, leash free zones, sports courts and sports fields remain closed and are actively enforced.

The Provincial government announced that some provincial parks and conservation reserves can reopen for walk-through, day-use only. Conservation areas in Mississauga remain closed. For more information, please visit the local conservation area website.

Parking Lots

All City facility parking lots, except for City-owned golf course parking lots, are closed to unauthorized vehicles. These lots include those at community centres, libraries andparks where feasible.

Tennis and Pickle Ball Courts

City tennis and pickle ball courts remain closed at this time. The City is working with community tennis groups to establish a plan for a safe and timely reopening of these facilities.

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:Mississauga.ca/coronavirus.

City of Mississauga Reopens City-Owned Golf Courses

The City of Mississauga will be reopening its two owned golf courses, BraeBen and Lakeview. Golf courses are the first City facilities in Mississauga to open and will help lead the way in the City’s recovery plan. The City will be meeting COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the province and will incorporate other best practices within the industry.

“I’m supportive of the Province’s decision to reopen golf courses with strict physical distancing and enhanced health and safety measures in place. I know many golfers are anxious to hit the green and enjoy the great outdoors. While the experience may be a bit different this year, the safety of players and staff is our top priority right now. Most golfers I know spend most of their time away from others looking for their ball. These reopenings will also help the City recover lost revenue and address our financial losses as a result of this pandemic.”

Mayor Crombie

BraeBen will open to customers on Saturday, May 16, 2020 and Lakeview will open the following week on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Tee times can be booked over the phone and online as of Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m. BraeBen’s 9-hole course and driving range will remain closed until further notice. All tournaments, instruction, group clinics, and league play will not be permitted until further notice.

“Staff have been working hard over the past several weeks preparing our two great golf courses in anticipation of today’s announcement, and we look forward to helping our residents slowly get back to a more active and enjoyable quality of life. All measures such as physical distancing, proper hygiene standards, screening protocols and use of proper PPEs will be enforced within the clubhouse, as well as maintenance buildings to keep our staff and the public safe.” 

Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation

The following procedures will be in place at both City golf courses to ensure overall public safety consistent with recently announced provincial guidelines:

Golf Course

·         Practice greens to remain closed

·         Tee-times will be spaced out to reduce congestion 

·         Bookings must be made in advance by phone or visit our website to book a tee time online mississauga.ca/portal/discover/golf

·         Flags must remain in place and holes will be modified for hands-free ball retrieval

·         Bunker rakes, ball washers and water stations removed from the course

·         Benches removed or blocked off where fixed

·         On-course washrooms to remain closed

·         No beverage carts

·         Power carts will be limited to one person per cart, unless the occupants reside in the same household

·         Power carts, pull carts and rental clubs will be thoroughly disinfected after each use

Food Services

·         Only limited menu grab and go food services will be offered   

Clubhouse & Proshop

·         Clubhouse will remain closed to the public with the exception of the proshop areas for check-in and washroom access only

·         Door attendant to use screening measures with all guests and staff, and limit access to clubhouse/proshop with a separate entrance and exit

·         All tables and chairs inside and outside of the clubhouse will be removed

·         Protective plexiglass shields installed at pro-shop and food concession counters

·         Floor markings added to ground indicating 6ft spacing

·         Only pre-packaged balls and tees will be sold.  All other retail options will be put away until further notice such as clothing, golf shoes, hats and accessories

·         Customers will be encouraged to use debit or credit card for payments, but cash accepted if necessary

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:Mississauga.ca/coronavirus.