• City of Mississauga Moves to Stage 2 of Province’s Recovery Plan

    COVID-19 | June 23, 2020

    The Government of Ontario announced yesterday that the Region of Peel, including Mississauga, will be entering Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province as of Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

    “Moving into Stage 2 is an important milestone and symbolizes the efforts and sacrifices made by residents and businesses to stop this virus in its tracks and get Mississauga on the road to recovery. This is great news, especially for our small businesses, including cafes, restaurants and bars who can now open up their patios and welcome customers once again,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s also exciting for our residents as it means they can once again enjoy many of our City amenities that make summers memorable such as our spray pads and outdoor pools, beach volleyball and basketball courts. While we’re all excited to see more of our city opening up, I want to remind residents that this is not a return to life as we once knew it. We must continue to follow the advice of public health and take personal ownership and responsibility for stopping the spread.”

    Additional businesses, services, as well as community, recreational and outdoor spaces are permitted to reopen in Stage 2 with proper health and safety measures in place.

    “The commitment and sacrifices of residents and businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has paved the path for Peel to move into Phase 2,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “As we reopen more of our community, we need to remain vigilant and continue to practice the four core behaviours that will help keep us safer: stay two metres apart when out and about; wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is challenging; wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; and if you’re sick, get tested and then stay home. I also call on local businesses and venues to also implement preventive measures as they reopen to ensure that staff and visitors to their premises can practice these core four behaviours.”

    All local businesses will need to adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support businesses reopen and recover at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

    “The Mississauga Board of Trade wants to thank Mayor Crombie and Council along with Dr. Lawrence Loh for the diligent path they have taken to protect the citizens of Mississauga. We also want to commend the Premier for the support he has provided for business and his commitment to stand by business,” said David Wojcik, President and CEO of Mississauga Board of Trade.

    With guidance from Region of Peel Public Health, the City of Mississauga will gradually reopen facilities and resume services in a new or modified way to prioritize resident safety.

    “We are working to reopen more of our facilities and amenities safely in accordance with the guidelines and regulations put out by the Province and Peel Public Health,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, customers and staff. As City programs and services slowly begin to reopen, we are asking the community to be patient as we thoughtfully work through provincial regulations.”

    City Facility Reopenings 

    Outdoor Pools

    Starting Saturday, July 4, all of the City’s seven outdoor pools will open for lane and fun swims for pre-registration only. 

    Park and Recreation Amenities
    In addition to several park amenities that were reopened as part of Stage 1, bocce courts, beach volleyball courts and joint City and school board track facilities opened last weekend.

    Additional park and recreation amenities will open on the following dates:   

    Friday, June 26

    • Basketball courts
    • Casual use of sports fields
    • All remaining park parking lots

    Saturday, July 4

    • Artificial turf fields
    • Select ball diamond permits
    • Cricket field permits
    • Picnic areas
    • Photography permits available
    • Celebration Square wading pool
    • Spray pads (with the exception of Huron Park, which is currently under construction)

    Monday, July 13

    • Soccer field permits

    The City encourages residents to take personal responsibility when visiting parks and is using its Park Ambassador program to educate residents on physical distancing requirements and remaining park playground and amenity closures.

    Closures that Remain in Effect

    Arenas
    City arenas are not open for full public use. The City is currently working on a summer ice plan with hockey and skating clubs.

    Community Centres
    Community centres will only be opening for summer camp participants and staff with exclusive use on weekdays. At this time, community centres are not open for full public use.

    Culture Facilities
    All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.

    Libraries
    Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the BurnhamthorpeCentralLorne ParkMalton and Meadowvale libraries. Additional locations will be phased in when it is considered safe to do so.

    Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment
    Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under the provincial order.

    Find the full list of City reopenings and closures. To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/recovery.

     

  • Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Patios Permitted to Open

    June 24, 2020

    Today, restaurants and bars with a valid 2020 business license are permitted to temporarily expand outdoor seating and dining areas, provided they comply with City requirements and meet COVID-19 safety guidelines for patrons and staff.

    “I am excited to help kick start recovery for our restaurants and bars with the introduction of temporary patios. We have waived several application fees and are fast-tracking the process to get restaurants back in business as soon as possible while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I’m looking forward to soaking in summer and showing support for our local businesses and hope residents do the same as we begin the road to recovery together. I also encourage landlords to work with tenants to find solutions that work for both parties. Without customers, businesses can’t afford to pay rent, so let’s make this a win-win for everyone.”

     Temporary Patios on Public Lands

    Temporary patios proposed on the City’s municipal road right-of-way or a municipal parking lot, will require a Temporary Patio Permit. Restaurants can apply online starting today. A dedicated staff team is in place to review applications as soon as they are received.

    Restaurants with questions regarding the application process, can contact the City at temporarypatio@mississauga.ca or can call 905-615-3200 ext. 5593 or ext. 8581. For public safety, temporary patios will not be considered on municipal road right-of-ways with posted speed limits over 50 km/h.

    Temporary Patios on Private Lands

    For temporary patios on private lands, no permit is required. However, patios must adhere to design requirements. Restaurants should seek the permission of the owner or property manager prior to installation.

    Temporary restaurant patios are permitted with Mississauga’s move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province provided proper health and safety measures are in place. All local businesses must adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support businesses reopen and recover at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

    Background

    Last week, the City introduced a Temporary Use By-law, to be approved by Council, to permit temporary outdoor restaurant patios. In the meantime, Council suspended the enforcement of existing zoning by-laws in order to permit temporary outdoor patios when Mississauga was allowed to move into Stage 2.

    Council will consider approval of the Temporary Use By-law following a virtual public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. during Planning and Development Committee. Anyone is welcome to watch the live stream, listen via phone or submit comments in advance. More information on how to participate can be found here.

     

  • Reopenings for Stage 2

    COVID-19 Response Continues: City Facility Reopenings for Stage 2, Sign by-law amendments for businesses & On-street Parking Enforcement Resumes July 6

    COVID-19 | June 24, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: additional amenity reopenings, resuming on-street parking enforcement and extending exemptions for Sign By-law amendments.

    “Each week, we take more steps to return to business as usual in Mississauga. Today, we are moving forward with a number of actions to further reopen our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Part of this work is extending permissions for businesses to use outdoor signs more easily to promote their business, as well as preparing to resume on street parking enforcement. While we are making progress, we cannot let up. We must continue to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene to prevent a large second wave. We may be done with the pandemic, but it is not done with us. If we all do our part, we will keep our City safe and continue our steady progress to return to normal.”

    City Facility Reopenings 

    A number of amenities will reopen as part of the City’s approval to move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province as announced earlier this week.

    Additional park and recreation amenities will open on the following dates: 

    Friday, June 26

    • Basketball courts
    • Casual use of sports fields
    • All remaining park parking lots

    Saturday, July 4

    • Outdoor pools – Starting Saturday, July 4, all of the City’s seven outdoor pools will be open for  Adult lane and Leisure swims with pre-registration only
    • Artificial turf fields
    • Select baseball diamond permits
    • Cricket field permits
    • Picnic areas
    • Celebration Square wading pool
    • Photography permits available
    • Spray pads (with the exception of Huron Park, which is currently under construction)


    Monday, July 13

    • Soccer field permits

    The City encourages residents to take personal responsibility when visiting parks and is using its Park Ambassador program to educate residents on physical distancing requirements and remaining park playground and amenity closures. 

    Park and Recreation Amenities
    In addition to several park amenities that were reopened as part of Stage 1, bocce courts, beach volleyball courts and joint City and school board track facilities opened last weekend.

    Closures that Remain in Effect

    • Arenas
      City arenas are not open for full public use. The City is currently working on a summer ice plan with hockey and skating clubs.
    • Community Centres
      Community centres will only be opening exclusively for summer camp participants and staff on weekdays. At this time, community centres are not open for full public use.
    • Culture Facilities
      All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.
    • Libraries
      Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the BurnhamthorpeCentralLorne ParkMalton and Meadowvale

    Additional locations will be phased in:

      • June 29, 2020 – Erin Meadows, Frank McKechnie, Port Credit, South Common
      • July 6, 2020 – Churchill Meadows, Courtneypark, Sheridan, Woodlands
    • Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment
      Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under the provincial order.

    On-Street Parking Enforcement

    Council approved the enforcement of on-street parking to resume as of July 6, 2020 for:

    • On-street time limit offences –  such as more than five and fifteen hours
    • 2 to 6 a.m. restrictions

    Leading up to July 6, warning tickets will be issued for anyone parking on-street for more than 5 hours or overnight (2 to 6 a.m.).

    All other parking offences continue to be enforced to maintain public safety. This includes fire routes, accessible parking, no stopping, prohibited parking areas, as well as pay and display areas where payment is required.

    Sign By-Law

    Council approved an extended exemption period for amendments made to the Sign By-law from June 30 to December 31, 2020 for businesses to match community groups. Council amended the Sign By-law in March to grant exceptions to support community groups, organizations and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and community groups can access portable sign applications online using eSigns. 

    Liability for Amateur Sports in Reopening from COVID-19

    Council committed to write a letter to the Government of Ontario to request that sports organizations and non-profits be granted qualified immunity from liability where participants contract COVID-19 while participating in their activities. If granted by the province, organizations must act in good faith and follow all Emergency Orders, health guidelines and the safety policies of their umbrella sports organizations to be granted immunity from liability.

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

    Media Contact:
    Catherine Monast
    Senior Advisor Media and Public Information
    City of Mississauga
    905-615-3200, ext. 5046
    catherine.monast@mississauga.ca
    TTY: 905-896-5151

     

    Link to eCity:

    https://web.mississauga.ca/city-of-mississauga-news/news/covid-19-response-continues-city-facility-reopenings-for-stage-2-sign-by-law-amendments-for-businesses-on-street-parking-enforcement-resumes-july-6/

     

     

  • Mississauga’s Preliminary 2021 Budget

    Local government | June 24, 2020

    City Staff introduced the preliminary 2021 – 2024 Business Plan and 2021 Budget at today’s Budget Committee meeting.

    An update regarding the impact of COVID-19 was included.

    Seven Financial Recovery Principles are in place to provide guidance in making financial decisions throughout the pandemic recovery:

    • Public Health is the first priority
    • Preserve the long-term strength of the property tax base
    • Comply with legislation
    • Allow other levels of government time to fulfill their mandates
    • Use reserves appropriately to manage financial challenges
    • Deviation from the financial plan should not be permanent
    • Assess approved and future budgets and business plans to reconfirm priorities, including service levels

    “The City of Mississauga is facing huge financial impacts in 2020 and 2021 as a result of COVID-19,” said Mayor Crombie. “This is not business as usual and will force us to make some tough decisions. All cities, including Mississauga, need assistance from the federal and provincial governments to help us recoup the non-recoverable losses we are facing, that have put us in a $60M deficit to date. Cities are engines of the economy, but we lack the financial tools of other levels of government to weather a storm like COVID-19. We continue to deliver essential programs and services throughout recovery, including public transit to libraries, snow clearing and fire and emergency services and much more. Council will continue to work to ensure our residents can access quality services while keeping property taxes competitive, but without assistance, we will be forced to examine the services we deliver. As in previous years, there will continue to be several opportunities throughout the budgeting process for residents to get involved, have their voices heard and help shape the future of our city.”

    Staff will continue to refine the budget and look for ways to trim the proposed increases. Early numbers show the equivalent of a 9.2 per cent budget increase to the City’s 2021 Operating Budget due primarily to a 5.7 per cent increase from the COVID-19 impacts on revenue and costs and a 2 per cent infrastructure levy to help the City maintain existing roads, bridges and buildings and plan for their upkeep in the future. Foregoing the 2 per cent infrastructure levy would result in a loss of $90 million in revenue over ten years, slowing the City’s ability to renew and build new infrastructure.

    This would be the equivalent of a residential property tax increase of 3.24 per cent while businesses would see a 1.98 per cent increase on their bills for the city portion of the tax bill.

    “Clearly this is not a normal Budget cycle for Mississauga and other communities across Canada,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “While continuing to provide essential local services, an estimated deficit in 2020 of $100 million has been reduced to $60 million due to spending decisions made including temporary layoffs of over 2,000 part-time staff during the closure period, a hiring freeze, deferral of capital spending and a discretionary spending review. The Federal and Provincial Governments have not given any commitment to financial relief for municipalities and so cities across the country continue to wait to hear. Time is running out and now we need to face the “echo effects” into future years. For Mississauga, that is another $80 million over the next three years. In total, the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to cost Mississauga taxpayers approximately $140 million. Even a well-run city like Mississauga does not have the fiscal firepower to fund this. Staff will continue to assess several options to address this deficit, using the strategies outlined in the Financial Recovery Plan, including deferral of master plan investments and no increased service levels. There is much more work to be done. Staff will continue to innovate with Council and with the public being fully engaged.”

    For details, view the staff report, Update on the Financial Impacts of COVID-19.

    The next Budget Committee meeting is on October 7, where staff will discuss Fees and Charges. Detailed discussions continue on November 23, 24, 30, December 1 and 2. Following committee discussions and public input, Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on December 9.

    Budget Committee meeting dates are subject to change.


    Fees and Charges 

    • Wednesday, October 7 at 1:30 p.m.

    Service Area Presentations 

    • Monday, November 23 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Monday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.

    Council

    • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

    Visit mississauga.ca/budget to learn how the City invests your tax dollars to provide services or follow the conversation on social media using #SaugaBudget.

     

     

  • COVID-19 Response Continues: City Facility Reopenings for Stage 2, Sign by-law amendments for businesses & On-street Parking Enforcement Resumes July 6

    COVID-19 | June 24, 2020

    Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: additional amenity reopenings, resuming on-street parking enforcement and extending exemptions for Sign By-law amendments.

    “Each week, we take more steps to return to business as usual in Mississauga. Today, we are moving forward with a number of actions to further reopen our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Part of this work is extending permissions for businesses to use outdoor signs more easily to promote their business, as well as preparing to resume on street parking enforcement. While we are making progress, we cannot let up. We must continue to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene to prevent a large second wave. We may be done with the pandemic, but it is not done with us. If we all do our part, we will keep our City safe and continue our steady progress to return to normal.”

    City Facility Reopenings 

    A number of amenities will reopen as part of the City’s approval to move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province as announced earlier this week.

    Additional park and recreation amenities will open on the following dates: 

    Friday, June 26

    • Basketball courts
    • Casual use of sports fields
    • All remaining park parking lots

    Saturday, July 4

    • Outdoor pools – Starting Saturday, July 4, all of the City’s seven outdoor pools will be open for  Adult lane and Leisure swims with pre-registration only
    • Artificial turf fields
    • Select baseball diamond permits
    • Cricket field permits
    • Picnic areas
    • Celebration Square wading pool
    • Photography permits available
    • Spray pads (with the exception of Huron Park, which is currently under construction)


    Monday, July 13

    • Soccer field permits

    The City encourages residents to take personal responsibility when visiting parks and is using its Park Ambassador program to educate residents on physical distancing requirements and remaining park playground and amenity closures. 

    Park and Recreation Amenities
    In addition to several park amenities that were reopened as part of Stage 1, bocce courts, beach volleyball courts and joint City and school board track facilities opened last weekend.

    Closures that Remain in Effect

    • Arenas
      City arenas are not open for full public use. The City is currently working on a summer ice plan with hockey and skating clubs.
    • Community Centres
      Community centres will only be opening exclusively for summer camp participants and staff on weekdays. At this time, community centres are not open for full public use.
    • Culture Facilities
      All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.
    • Libraries
      Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the BurnhamthorpeCentralLorne ParkMalton and Meadowvale

    Additional locations will be phased in:

      • June 29, 2020 – Erin Meadows, Frank McKechnie, Port Credit, South Common
      • July 6, 2020 – Churchill Meadows, Courtneypark, Sheridan, Woodlands
    • Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment
      Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under the provincial order.

    On-Street Parking Enforcement

    Council approved the enforcement of on-street parking to resume as of July 6, 2020 for:

    • On-street time limit offences –  such as more than five and fifteen hours
    • 2 to 6 a.m. restrictions

    Leading up to July 6, warning tickets will be issued for anyone parking on-street for more than 5 hours or overnight (2 to 6 a.m.).

    All other parking offences continue to be enforced to maintain public safety. This includes fire routes, accessible parking, no stopping, prohibited parking areas, as well as pay and display areas where payment is required.

    Sign By-Law

    Council approved an extended exemption period for amendments made to the Sign By-law from June 30 to December 31, 2020 for businesses to match community groups. Council amended the Sign By-law in March to grant exceptions to support community groups, organizations and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and community groups can access portable sign applications online using eSigns. 

    Liability for Amateur Sports in Reopening from COVID-19

    Council committed to write a letter to the Government of Ontario to request that sports organizations and non-profits be granted qualified immunity from liability where participants contract COVID-19 while participating in their activities. If granted by the province, organizations must act in good faith and follow all Emergency Orders, health guidelines and the safety policies of their umbrella sports organizations to be granted immunity from liability.

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

  • Resuming Bulky Item Collection

    • Community Recycling Centres are now accepting bulky items. As social distancing measures continue on-site, staff are not available to unload items and wait times may be longer.
    • Curbside collection of bulky items resumes June 29.
    • For residents who are moving out of their home and require assistance with collecting bulky items before June 29, requests can be made by calling the Region’s waste inquiry line at 905-791-9499 or emailing wasteinquiry@peelregion.ca
    • The Region is also continuing to work with the local municipalities to monitor for and pick up illegally dumped items.
    • Residents who observe illegal dumping are encouraged to report as much information as possible including date, time and location of the incident. They can do so anonymously by also calling 905-791-9499.
  • City of Mississauga Moves to Stage 2 of Province’s Recovery Plan

     

     

    COVID-19 | June 23, 2020

    The Government of Ontario announced yesterday that the Region of Peel, including Mississauga, will be entering Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province as of Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

    “Moving into Stage 2 is an important milestone and symbolizes the efforts and sacrifices made by residents and businesses to stop this virus in its tracks and get Mississauga on the road to recovery. This is great news, especially for our small businesses, including cafes, restaurants and bars who can now open up their patios and welcome customers once again,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s also exciting for our residents as it means they can once again enjoy many of our City amenities that make summers memorable such as our spray pads and outdoor pools, beach volleyball and basketball courts. While we’re all excited to see more of our city opening up, I want to remind residents that this is not a return to life as we once knew it. We must continue to follow the advice of public health and take personal ownership and responsibility for stopping the spread.”

    Additional businesses, services, as well as community, recreational and outdoor spaces are permitted to reopen in Stage 2 with proper health and safety measures in place.

    “The commitment and sacrifices of residents and businesses to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has paved the path for Peel to move into Phase 2,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “As we reopen more of our community, we need to remain vigilant and continue to practice the four core behaviours that will help keep us safer: stay two metres apart when out and about; wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is challenging; wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; and if you’re sick, get tested and then stay home. I also call on local businesses and venues to also implement preventive measures as they reopen to ensure that staff and visitors to their premises can practice these core four behaviours.”

    All local businesses will need to adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support businesses reopen and recover at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

    “The Mississauga Board of Trade wants to thank Mayor Crombie and Council along with Dr. Lawrence Loh for the diligent path they have taken to protect the citizens of Mississauga. We also want to commend the Premier for the support he has provided for business and his commitment to stand by business,” said David Wojcik, President and CEO of Mississauga Board of Trade.

    With guidance from Region of Peel Public Health, the City of Mississauga will gradually reopen facilities and resume services in a new or modified way to prioritize resident safety.

    “We are working to reopen more of our facilities and amenities safely in accordance with the guidelines and regulations put out by the Province and Peel Public Health,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, customers and staff. As City programs and services slowly begin to reopen, we are asking the community to be patient as we thoughtfully work through provincial regulations.”

    City Facility Reopenings 

    Outdoor Pools

    Starting Saturday, July 4, all of the City’s seven outdoor pools will open for lane and fun swims for pre-registration only.

     

    Park and Recreation Amenities
    In addition to several park amenities that were reopened as part of Stage 1, bocce courts, beach volleyball courts and joint City and school board track facilities opened last weekend.

     

    Additional park and recreation amenities will open on the following dates:

     

    Friday, June 26

    • Basketball courts
    • Casual use of sports fields
    • All remaining park parking lots

     

    Saturday, July 4

    • Artificial turf fields
    • Select ball diamond permits
    • Cricket field permits
    • Picnic areas
    • Photography permits available
    • Celebration Square wading pool
    • Spray pads (with the exception of Huron Park, which is currently under construction)

     

    Monday, July 13

    • Soccer field permits

     

    The City encourages residents to take personal responsibility when visiting parks and is using its Park Ambassador program to educate residents on physical distancing requirements and remaining park playground and amenity closures.

    Closures that Remain in Effect

    Arenas
    City arenas are not open for full public use. The City is currently working on a summer ice plan with hockey and skating clubs.

    Community Centres
    Community centres will only be opening for summer camp participants and staff with exclusive use on weekdays. At this time, community centres are not open for full public use.

    Culture Facilities
    All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.

    Libraries
    Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the BurnhamthorpeCentralLorne ParkMalton and Meadowvale libraries. Additional locations will be phased in when it is considered safe to do so.

    Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment
    Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under the provincial order.

    Find the full list of City reopenings and closures. To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/recovery.

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    Tweet: The @ONGov announced yesterday that #Mississauga can move to Stage 2 starting Wednesday, June 24. Visit Mississauga.ca/recovery & follow on social media as @CityMississauga works with @RegionofPeel Public Health to reopen safely. More info: http://ow.ly/eeyy50Afu4b

  • Information on Stage 2 Openings

    If you live in a region that is entering stage 2

    While Stage 2 businesses and workplaces can open, dates and approaches may vary based on each community’s local needs and the ability of each business or service to meet workplace safety guidelines and public health advice.

    By following general public health advice and implementing workplace safety measures, workplaces and people can help make Stage 2 a success.

    Places that can open in Stage 2

     

     

    Personal care services

    Establishments providing personal care services can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place.

    • Examples include:
      • Hair services (including barber shops, hair salons, hairdressers/stylists, colour consulting services, scalp treatment services, hair weaving services, and hair replacement services)
      • Beauty salons, shops and parlours (including beauticians, estheticians, cosmetology shops or salons, manicure and pedicure salons)
      • Hair removal services
      • Diet centres (non-medical), diet workshops, weight control clinics, and weight-reduction centres (non-medical)
      • Piercing services
      • Day spas
      • Tanning salons
      • Tattoo studios
    • Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, personal care service providers should ensure that:
      • Patrons wear face coverings at all times.
      • Workers wear face coverings and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves.
    • Personal care services must take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
    • Businesses should also consider operating by appointment and/or recording each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
    • Restrictions include:
      • Prohibiting services that tend to a customer’s face, such as facials, facial hair grooming, eyebrow grooming and makeup, as well as oxygen bars.
      • Steam rooms, saunas and bath houses must remain closed.
      • Baths, hot tubs, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods are closed except for therapeutic purposes prescribed by or administered by a regulated health professional. Change rooms and showers for water amenities will be available to the public if operators have the ability to adequately sanitize and disinfect the facilities.
    • For clarity, a business can open to offer other permitted services even if a restricted activity is its primary service (e.g., a facial salon can open to provide other services).

     

     

     

     

    Personal services

    Businesses primarily engaged in providing other personal services can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place. All services must be provided with physical distancing of at least two metres.

    • Examples include:
      • House sitting
      • Party, wedding planning and consulting services
      • Personal organizer services
      • Personal physical fitness trainer and sports trainers (outside of gyms only)
      • Personal shopping services
      • Porter services
      • Shoe services (e.g., shining, repair)
      • Check room services (e.g., coat check, suitcase storage)
      • Wedding chapels
    • Personal services should use measures to enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time.
    • Businesses should also consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.

    Restaurants & bars

    Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.

    • Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households, including:
      • Using reservations.
      • Limiting number of patrons allowed in the outdoor space at one time.
      • Ensuring enough space between tables, including to allow for movement.
    • Access to indoor facilities is limited to patio/outdoor dining area access, food pickup, payment, washrooms or other health and safety purposes.
    • Liquor sales licensees who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio, or temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period are authorized to do so, if all the following criteria are met:
      • The physical extension of the premises is adjacent to the premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies.
      • The municipality in which the premises is situated does not object to an extension.
      • The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises.
      • There is no condition on the liquor sales licence prohibiting a patio.

     

    Shopping malls & centres

    In addition to providing online, curbside pickup and delivery services, all shopping centres, malls and markets may open. Stores in these facilities must follow the same guidance as those set out for other retail services.

    • Food services and restaurants with mall-only entrances may open for outdoor dining spaces, delivery and takeout. Dine-in at indoor food courts is prohibited.
    • Entertainment amenities not permitted in Stages 1 or 2, such as movie theatres and waterparks, remain closed.
    • Malls may need to institute the policies that were put in place by retail outlets that remained open as essential businesses or were permitted to reopen during Stage 1, including engineering and administrative controls, such as:
      • Alternative operating hours to address increased cleaning demands.
      • Enhanced security and limiting entrances.
      • Creation and enforcement of walking traffic patterns.
      • Operating by appointment or reservation.
      • Limiting the number of people who may be in one business at any one time.
      • Restricting fitting room access and implementing cleaning process between fitting room customers.
      • General building management, including signage and hand sanitizer at the entrance of building, and removing gathering settings (e.g., benches).
    • Industry associations recommend that efforts to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at shopping malls is best performed at the entry point of the shopping centre rather than at individual shops.

    Photography

    All photography studios and services, including portrait, aerial, special event, commercial and industrial photography can reopen.

    • Physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals on set whenever possible and must be taken into consideration when organizing the layout of the set.

    Film & TV

    All film and television production activities will be allowed to resume.

    • Physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals on set whenever possible and must be taken into consideration when organizing the layout of the set.

     

     

     

    Tour & guide services

    Indoor and outdoor tour and guide services will be allowed to resume.

    • This includes:
      • Resource-based tours (e.g., hunting, fishing and similar excursions)
      • Tastings and tours for operators of on-site retail stores at manufacturing sites (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries)
      • Trail riding, walking and bike tours
      • Motor vehicle and boat tours (e.g., for sightseeing)
    • Businesses should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
    • Patrons must adhere to physical distancing measures and limits to public gatherings.
    • Equipment may be rented as needed as part of the tours. Equipment should be properly cleaned and disinfected in between rentals.
    • Access to production areas for tours of food and beverage manufacturing sites is permitted, as long as operators can follow workplace guidance and public health advice to ensure quality and cleanliness of products. Eating or drinking can occur in licensed outdoor spaces but is not permitted indoors.

    Water recreational facilities

    All indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outdoor splash pads and wading pools may open to the public with no access to high-contact aquatic features such as slides and climbing structures.

    • This includes public pools as well as pools situated in hotels, motels, condo parks, resorts and other private facilities.
    • Waterparks, wave pools and water slides will not be permitted to reopen in Stage 2.
    • Change rooms and showers will be available to the public if operators can adequately sanitize and disinfect the facilities.
    • Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by:
    • Reducing resting areas and pool capacity.
    • Limiting and distancing pool-side seating.
    • Timed entry (e.g., appointment only).
    • Equipment rented or loaned must be disinfected or quarantined appropriately between uses.
    • Aquatic activities such as fitness classes and swim lessons must be in line with physical distancing measures. For example, only other household members can assist swimmers with physical contact.

     

     

     

    Outdoor recreational facilities

    Outdoor-only recreational facilities that operate low-contact attractions and activities will be allowed to reopen.

    • This includes activities such as paintball, mini-golf, archery ranges, go-cart tracks and other adventure activities.
    • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses will remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.
    • Equipment rented, loaned or utilized for outdoor adventure elements (e.g., ladders, ziplines, hand cables) must be disinfected or quarantined appropriately between uses. Activities where equipment cannot be sanitized are not permitted.
    • Recreational activities or areas that do not allow for two-metre physical distancing between patrons are not permitted.
    • Indoor recreational activities are not permitted except for indoor driving ranges and rod and gun clubs.
    • Amusement parks and waterparks (including those attached to hotels) will remain closed.
    • Playgrounds, play structures and outdoor fitness equipment will remain closed.

    Beaches, parks & camping

    In Stage 1, Ontario Parks opened limited backcountry camping including paddle and portage routes, access points and hiking trails. In Stage 2, Ontario Parks campgrounds and private campgrounds can also open for recreational vehicle, car camping and all other types of camping.

    • Campers must adhere to social gathering size restrictions and maintain two-metre physical distancing with people outside their household and when outside of their campsites.
    • Beach access at Ontario Parks will be permitted as part of Ontario Parks’ gradual reopening, although measures including limited capacity will be taken at some parks to enable physical distancing.

    Outdoor recreational team sports

    Outdoor team sports may resume, if physically distanced, for training only and with no scrimmages or games.

    • This includes limited access to facilities (e.g., no locker rooms, no change rooms and no showers).
    • Access to clubhouse and other amenities will be limited to washrooms, emergency aid and equipment management.

     

     

    Drive-in & drive-thru venues

    All existing and new drive-in and drive-thru venues can open for a variety of purposes, such as theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations.

    • Food services are restricted to delivery to vehicles and drive-thru only.
    • Operators must have in place procedures for staff to ensure people remain in their cars except for using the washroom or in an emergency.
    • In addition to other workplace and public health measures, drive-ins and drive-thru venues should:
      • Limit the number of vehicles and how they are parked to ensure physical distancing.
      • Ensure that any washrooms open for use are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.

    Weddings, funerals and similar gatherings

    Venues not otherwise restricted can open to conduct wedding ceremonies, funerals and similar gatherings within existing public health restrictions.

    • Events will be required to comply with limits for social gatherings of up to 10 people.
    • Dine-in and bar services must be in-line with the related guidelines and restrictions.
    • Indoor and outdoor venues may open for weddings, funerals and similar gatherings, with limited access to facilities.
    • Guests that are not part of the same household should follow physical distancing guidelines.

    Libraries

    All libraries can reopen with limited on-site services, such as computer access and contactless book pickup and drop-off.

    • Patrons are not permitted to handle books or materials on shelves.
    • Libraries should operate in adherence with public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (e.g., disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).

     

     

     

     

    Community centres

    Community centres can reopen to the public with limited or modified on-site programs and services that follow workplace guidance and public health advice.

    • Recreational activities are restricted at indoor facilities, but these spaces can be used for other programs and services.
    • Examples of physically distanced programs and services include in-person counselling, group counselling, computer access, education and tutoring.
    • Food services are restricted to takeout, delivery and outdoor dining spaces.
    • Indoor pools may open (see water recreational facilities).
    • Access to locker rooms, change rooms, showers and communal kitchen areas is not allowed.

    Attractions & heritage institutions

    Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos outdoor heritage institutions (e.g., landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions.

    • Interactive and high-contact exhibits, amusement parks, water parks and conference centres will remain closed in Stage 2.
    • Lockers will remain closed.
    • The opening of commercial areas (e.g., restaurant, cafe, bookshop, giftshop) are subject to the related guidelines and restrictions.
    • Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by:
    • Timed entry.
    • A limited number of visitors allowed in a place at one time.
    • Managed visitor flow (e.g., one-way flow).
    • Establishments should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.

    Small outdoor events

    Non-essential in-person gatherings of any size continue to be strongly discouraged. Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.

    • Event organizers should have in place measures to enable physical distancing for people when in the event space and while waiting to enter, such as one-way traffic, marked lineup areas, and timed entry and length of stay.
    • Large outdoor events, such as concerts, large festivals, parades and amusement fairs, are not permitted.
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  • Preparing for Phase @ Recovery Plans

    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 and Fireworks Restrictions Lifted

    COVID-19 | June 17, 2020

    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,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “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.”

    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
    • 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.

    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:

    • 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.

    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
    • 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.