COVID - 19 UPDATE #15


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For health information, please visit Peel Health.




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Mississauga City Council approved a plan for a measured and phased re-opening of outdoor recreation amenities, cancelling events at City facilities to September 7, 2020 and plans and principles for community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We continue to work to protect our City while taking a slow and measured approach to re-opening our parks facilities," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Council made the decision to first reopen individual activities in parks that carry a lower risk such as skateboard and leash-free dog parks. We will explore a broader re-opening based on case numbers and how well people follow the guidelines. We also made the tough decision today to cancel major festivals and large events at City facilities and parks for the rest of the summer in an effort to prevent further spread. We remain committed to engaging the community on City building projects and will proceed with virtual engagement sessions on essential, priority projects. We once again thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding as we navigate re-opening and recovery."

Phased Re-Opening of Outdoor Recreation Facilities

Council approved a phased approach and safety procedures for the re-opening of City outdoor recreation amenities. Communications, physical distancing and signage are included in the plans and will be developed. Phases will be implemented in consultation with the Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Physical distancing is now a requirement in the park amenity re-openings as per the updated  Provincial Orders.

The following outdoor recreation amenities have re-opened with safety and operational plans in place to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 (City of Mississauga Phase 1):
  • Municipal Golf Courses
  • Public Marinas and boat launch at Lakefront Promenade
  • Community Gardens, in partnership with Ecosource 
Park and Community Parking lots

Select park and community parking lots will open on Friday May 29, 2020.  Parking lots associated with Phase 2 amenities will open as those facilities are made available to the public. 

Phase 2 - Starting June 1, 2020
  • Park benches and picnic shelters
  • Leash-free zones
  • BMX/Skate parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • Community tennis clubs
  • Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms
Physical distancing measures must be maintained as per the Provincial Order.


WARD 8 

South Common (Skate)
Woodhurst Heights (Public Tennis)
South Common (Tennis Club)
Sherwood Green (Tennis Club)
Bruce Reynolds Park (Tennis Club)
Brookemede Park (Public Pickleball & Tennis)
 
Parking lots associated with those facilities (that were not previously opened), will be opening starting on Monday June 1st. 

Phase 3 -  To be completed within 10 days of approval & with guidance from the Peel Region Medical Officer of Health
  • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
  • Community sport fields
Physical distancing measures must be maintained 

Phase 4/TBD  -  These facilities continue to remain closed until further notice. 
  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (currently closed under Provincial Order)
  • Public boat launch at Marina Park will open when highwater levels subside 
Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.

Park Ambassador Program

As outdoor recreation facilities begin a phased re-opening, the City will be redeploying full-time staff to work in pairs at our major parks across the City.  They will be clearly identified as City staff and will engage with residents to educate them on physical distancing requirements and closures within our parks.



The message to residents continues to be:
  • Practice physical distancing while outside, and avoid crowds.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer ranges in concentration from 60-90% alcohol content. A minimum of 70% alcohol content is recommended for health-care settings, and a minimum of 60% alcohol content is recommended for personal use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
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To ensure the safety of gardeners using our community gardens,
@EcosourceGreen is monitoring the gardens daily with support from
@MississaugaPF & disinfecting all high touch surfaces at an increased frequency. Hand wash stations have also been installed at all locations.


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MiWay Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

MiWay remains committed to providing city-wide transit service and supporting the physical distancing efforts recommended by Peel Public Health and the provincial and federal governments.

At this time the Ontario Ministry of Health recommends the use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres' distance from others may be challenging or not possible such as on public transit. Learn about face coverings, including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask while using MiWay.

The Government of Ontario now recommends those travelling on public transit to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Customers are reminded to keep their distance while travelling and wash their hands after every trip.

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The Region's spring garbage exemption period, originally scheduled for June 15-26, is suspended to ensure the health and safety of essential front-line staff, while maintaining Peel's waste services for the long-term. It is the right thing to do for the community and as such, we are asking residents to do their part by not spring cleaning during this time.
 
Residents can continue to put up to 2 extra garbage bags, without garbage tags every other week. Please note that any excess garbage - apart from the 2-bag allowance - placed at the curb will not be collected. If you must dispose of excess garbage bags immediately, you take them to a Community Recycling Centre near you. Free drop-off weight limits will apply as of June 8, 2020.
 
Also note that bulky items are still not collected at the curb or accepted at Community Recycling Centres. We encourage you to hold on to bulky items and dispose of it later, when this service can safely resume in the future.
 
You can check the Region's website at Peel Region Waste for more information, as well as sign up to receive free waste reminders.

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Closed Until further Notice

  • Playgrounds
  • Soccer pitches
  • Basketball courts
  • Baseball diamonds

Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers are enforcing provincial orders related to non-essential business closures and gatherings of more than 5 people (unless members of a single household), in partnership with Peel Regional Police.
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance
  • Set fines for non-compliance range from $750 to $1000
To report a non-compliant establishment such as a bar or restaurant, please call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
Safety and physical distancing concerns within businesses that are deemed essential, is investigated and enforced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.  
The Ministry of Labour can be reached by calling (905) 273-7800.
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P ublic Messages

For the up-to-date information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit  


  • Mississauga 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 (outside City Limits) available 7 days a week
  • 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
  • A complete list of essential services is available on the Government of Ontario's website.


As we slowly begin to open up parts of Mississauga we must continue to practice physical distancing, staying home if possible, washing our hands frequently and meet virtually.  

There are still transmissions and we must continue to be careful and follow the recommendations of the Medical Officers of Health.

Thank you to everyone that is working during this pandemic - you are true heroes.

Please stay safe and healthy.



Matt

Councillor Matt Mahoney
City of Mississauga / Region of Peel


Matt.Mahoney@mississauga.ca
905-896-5800