Here’s what will open when Mississauga officially enters Stage 3
At a July 29 press conference, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie indicated that starting July 31, the city will work to quickly reopen playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, sports fields and more.
The announcement came after the province officially gave Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon) and Toronto the all-clear to enter Stage 3 this Friday.
"Mississauga wouldn't be entering Stage 3 if it wasn't for the collective efforts and hard work of our healthcare professionals, our business community and most important, our residents who have sacrificed so much to stop the spread of COVID-19. We always said that we would take a team Mississauga approach to tackling this virus, and I'm proud those efforts are reflected in our progress," said Crombie.
"This is also exciting news for our business community, with more businesses opening their doors to the public, as well as for residents who have been looking forward to using our City facilities, including our libraries, community centres, playgrounds and more."
The city says the following facilities will reopen in the coming days and weeks:
Arenas—limited access is currently available for ice rentals and additional facilities will reopen as demand increases.
Banquet Halls—Harding Waterfront Estate is currently available for event bookings that align with gathering limits. C Banquets will be available for bookings in the fall.
City Hall, Community Centres, C Cafe--The City says it's working toward a phased reopening of these facilities this fall, including fitness centres, indoor pools and rentals.
Culture Facilities and Museums—Benares Historic House, Bradley Museum and Small Arms Inspection Building will be open starting Aug. 4 with modified access and services. Meadowvale theatre will be open to receive inquiries and issue rental agreements.
Living Arts Centre—Meeting rooms will be available as of Aug. 17. Church group bookings, the RBC Theatre, studio rentals, info desk, reception and box office will all reopen on Sept. 8. Hammerson Hall will reopen for rental bookings that meet provincial guidelines as of Oct. 1 and community courses are set to resume on Oct. 13.
Film Office—The film office is open and accepting film permit requests.
Libraries—Most library locations currently offer curbside pickup by appointment and book returns. The library system is planning for the gradual introduction of additional services permitted in Stage 3.
Residents can continue to use their library card or virtual card to check out ebooks, audiobooks, and other virtual resources.
Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until July 31.
Mississauga Provincial Offences Courthouse—The Courthouse will be open to the public as of Aug. 4 to offer select administrative functions.
Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment—All of the city's playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen by the end of day on Friday, July 31.
Sports Field and Park Picnic Area Permits—As of Friday, July 31, sports fields and picnic areas can be booked to accommodate larger outdoor gatherings as permitted by the province. In addition, non-contact sports will be allowed to resume games.
In Stage 3, the limit on indoor gatherings increases from 10 people to 50 people and the limit on outdoor gatherings increases to a maximum of 100 people. Businesses and public spaces such as movie theatres, gyms, fitness studios, casinos, indoor dining and bars will be able to reopen with public health measures in place.
"As businesses reopen it will also be critical for them to have a reopening plan and put precautions in place to protect staff and customers," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health.
"These steps will keep us moving forward, and ensure that the sacrifices of the past few months will bear out in our continued recovery."
In Mississauga, businesses must also create and implement a face-covering policy, as per the city's mandatory face-covering bylaw.
"We're working to safely reopen all of our city facilities and amenities, including our community centres, culture facilities, libraries, the Civic Centre and playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment," said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, in a statement.
"As we enter Stage 3, the health and safety of our residents and staff continue to be a top priority. We will work closely with Peel Public Health and will adhere to all guidelines and regulations put out by the Province and the Region. Just as when we entered Stage 2, our reopening process for Stage 3 will be thoughtful and deliberate. We are asking the community for their continued patience."
At the press conference, Crombie urged caution and said that life will not be back to a pre-COVID normal until there's a vaccine.
"While we are all eager to see life get back to normal and our city further reopen, we cannot get complacent. Each and every one of us must continue to take personal responsibility and practice COVID-19 prevention," Crombie said.
"Until a vaccine is developed, this will be a part of our daily lives. When you leave the house, don't forget your keys, your wallet and your mask. Continue to keep a safe distance and practice proper hand hygiene. We need to continue to work as a team and keep up the good work to help reduce the severity of a second wave this fall."
As of now, all large events scheduled to take place at city facilities and parks are cancelled until Sept. 7, 2020.
At the press conference, Crombie told reporters that there are no large events scheduled beyond Sept. 7 for this year that she is aware of.
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