Mayor Bonnie Crombie calling for GTHA-wide lockdown

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With the Province announcing Mississauga would remain in lockdown through the holidays, Mayor Bonnie Crombie believes it's best for the city.

"I know this will be disappointing for many people who have been holding out hope that Peel will be moved out of lockdown before the holiday season," she said in a statement released on social media.

"But the reality is that, while COVID-19 case numbers in Peel are beginning to plateau, the situation at our hospitals remains dire, with elective surgeries being cancelled and patients being transferred to neighbouring regions to make room for a surge in COVID patients," she continued.

Crombie believes the extension of the latest lockdown will prevent further hospitalizations and deaths due to the virus, and help prevent an even longer lockdown in 2021.

Additionally, Crombie referenced cellphone data, which has indicated many people who reside in regions under lockdown are travelling to regions that aren't in lockdown at a much higher rate than the first wave in the spring.

As a result, Crombie is urging the Province to implement a GTHA-wide lockdown on December 21, to mitigate the spread of the virus, and protect hospitals and health care staff.

"For now, we must remain vigilant and continue listening to the advice of our health experts--stay home as much as possible, only leave for essentials, and limit your close in-person contact to just your immediate househould," she said.

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