City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Additional Amenity Reopenings, Preparing for Stage 2 Recovery with Economic Resiliency Task Force, Summer Camp Update, Temporary Zoning By-law
Wednesday, 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.

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  E conomic 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
  • Bocce courts
  • 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.

Celebration Square Update
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
  • children must bring their lunch
  • no swimming, pizza day or field trips

To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit:  mississauga.ca/coronavirus  or call 311. 
Reopening of the Lions Farmers Market and food trucks at  Mississauga Celebration Square
On July 3 , food trucks will reopen to the public at Mississauga Celebration Square and will operate seven days a week with reduced hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food sales will be takeaway only with the mandatory use of the Ritual app to place orders. Cash payments will not be accepted – contactless payment only.
On July 8 , the Lions Farmers Market will also resume at the Square on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be barricaded onsite with controlled access, limiting the number of customers entering, adhering to appropriate physical distancing requirements. Market vendors will accept both cash and contactless payment. Customers are encouraged to wear a mask, where physical distancing is not possible.

For more information on closures and re openings, please click here .
Fireworks ban lifted in time for Canada Day
Effective immediately, buying and lighting fireworks in Mississauga is now permitted. 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:

·      Victoria Day
·      Canada Day
·      Chinese New Year
·      Diwali
To set off fireworks on private property on any day other than these holidays,
please apply for a fireworks permit .

Reminder: fireworks can’t be used on a public street, park or road without a permit . Please buy fireworks from a licensed retailer and only light them when safe to do so.
COVID-19 Case Counts
Region of Peel case information is compiled from the COVID-19 Dashboard .

The Dashboard also provides additional information about cases in Peel including information regarding LTCH and RH COVID-19 Outbreaks in Peel Region, which is available on page 2 of the dashboard.

For information on the Weekly COVID Epidemiology Update please click here .

For the City of Mississauga's Coronavirus Response Dashboard, please click here .
Food Donations Needed
Click here to make an online donation or here to learn where you can drop-off food.

Thank you for your donation!
Helpful Resources
The City is working with Peel Public Health and recommend you visit the    Region of Peel Health       site for the most up-to-date details.
 
Peel Public Health has advised that if you develop symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please self-isolate and contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 and if you require    immediate medical attention   , please call 911 and advise the operator of your symptoms    but please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
 
Below are links you may find useful:


Important Phone Numbers

  • Mississauga 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 (outside City Limits) available 7am - 7pm
  • Peel Public Health  905-799-7700 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Peel Regional Police Non Emergency Line: 905-453-3311
  • Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 Toll-free TTY:1-866-797-0007

The        City of Mississauga and   Region of Peel   websites will be updating their information on a regular basis and will be the best place for the most recent updates for all residents.
 
As always, my office is available to assist residents on municipal or regional matters by e-mail at karen.ras@mississauga.ca