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
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 reopened 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
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 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.
All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.
Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the Burnhamthorpe, Central, Lorne Park, Malton 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.