A look at what’s still closed in Mississauga as the province slowly reopens

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While the province is moving forward with its gradual reopening plan, some places given the go-ahead to operate (such as marinas) will remain closed for now in Mississauga, while other city-run facilities will begin opening in the coming days. 

In a May 15 news release, the city said it's reviewing the province's plan and "actively planning and preparing accordingly" for the safe reopening of select city facilities in consultation with Peel Public Health. 

"We want to be mindful of the situation across the GTHA and take reopenings of city facilities slow and steady. The safety of residents and staff will continue to guide every decision we make," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement. 

"We will continue to work closely with the province and take our lead from Peel Public Health. Further facility reopenings will be rolled out in the weeks and months to come. For now, we ask that you remain patient and vigilant as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community."


City facilities that are reopening:

City-run community gardens

Mississauga's nine community gardens are scheduled to reopen on May 22, 2020, to registered garden members only including Garden of the Valley, Hillside Community Garden, Malton Community Garden, Parkway Green Generation Garden, Forest Glen Community Garden, Hancock Community Garden, Churchill Meadows Community Garden, Small Arms Community Garden and Iceland Teaching Garden.

The city says it has worked closely with its community garden partner, Ecosource, to develop a safety protocol plan and opening plan. 

Some of these guidelines include increased supervision, scheduled access, limit to one person per plot at a time, eliminating shared tools, suspension of teaching and group programs and provision of handwashing stations.

City-owned golf courses

BraeBen will reopen to customers on May 16, 2020, and Lakeview will reopen on May 21, 2020. While the courses are set to open, it's important for residents to know there are a number of procedures that have been put in place to help ensure public safety. 

Golf course parking lots will be open to customers. Golfers should arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before tee time. After finishing their round, customers are asked to not loiter.


Closures that remain in effect:

Boats/Marinas

All city-run marinas and boat launches remain closed at this time. Residents wishing to launch personal watercraft (like a kayak or canoe) may do so at one of the beaches. 

Residents are reminded that parking lots are restricted and they must ensure they are meeting the requirements of provincial orders and public health guidelines while boating.

Leash-free zones, sports courts and multi-use fields

Although the province has announced its intention to permit certain facilities to reopen, it has not yet released the regulations that will revise the emergency orders and detail the requirements for reopening. 

Libraries

City Libraries remain closed at this time. 

Library users can access virtual library services and programming at Mississaugalibrary.ca.

Parks and conservation areas

City parks and trails remain open for walk-through access only. Park amenities such as playgrounds, leash-free zones, sports courts and sports fields remain closed and are actively patrolled.

The provincial government announced that some provincial parks and conservation reserves can reopen for walk-through, day-use only. Conservation areas in Mississauga remain closed. 

Parking lots

All-city facility parking lots, except for city-owned golf course parking lots, are closed to unauthorized vehicles. These lots include those at community centres, libraries and parks where feasible.

Tennis and pickleball courts

City tennis and pickleball courts remain closed at this time. 

The city says it's working with community tennis groups to establish a plan for a safe and timely reopening of these facilities.

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