Today, Council reviewed information from City staff, Peel Public Health and public health agencies regarding Mississauga’s readiness for re-opening and a recommended approach in light of recent changes announced by the Government of Ontario regarding the re-opening of outdoor amenities on May 19th.
“We are taking a measured ‘made in Mississauga approach’ to re-opening City facilities based on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health. We also know that community spread is still happening here in Peel and that our numbers right now in terms of new cases simply don’t support a broader re-opening. We must listen to the experts,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will be taking a phased approach in consultation with Dr. Loh that is safe, coordinated and ensures flexibility if conditions improve. We will proceed with reopening our second golf course, nine community gardens in City parks and public marinas as these plans were already well underway. Staff will be prepared for additional re-openings when the time is ready.”
All current closures remain in place except for public marinas and City-owned golf courses. Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.
A staff report on the details for re-opening will be presented to Council on May 27.
Public Marinas Re-Open
In the interim, the Public Boat Launch at Lakefront Promenade will re-open May 22 and Public Marinas beginning May 22. Associated parking lots for these amenities will open at the same time. Provincial Orders include a requirement to maintain a two metre distance from others while using any of these facilities. The boat launch at Marina Park remains closed due to high water conditions.
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.