Mississauga businesses have taken a hit to keep residents safe, now need people to support them

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Published October 21, 2021 at 2:34 pm

Mississauga businesses have done more than their part to keep the city safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a strong adherence to proof of vaccination rules.  

That’s the assessment of Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who said this morning at Mississauga’s weekly pandemic update that small businesses have made incredible sacrifices the past 18 months–and, to boot, they haven’t been issued a single ticket to date for not following the rules. 

“Businesses in Mississauga and Peel have faced longer closures through lockdown during COVID than anywhere else in North America, and we continue to ask them to step up with businesses now playing another crucial role by having to verify customers’ proof of vaccination to keep us all safe,” said Crombie.  

“We are seeing the vast majority of our businesses following the rules without hesitation,” she continued. “In fact, since vaccination certificates have come into effect, our bylaw teams haven’t issued a single ticket to businesses for failing to follow the rules.” 

As such, the mayor said, and given that it’s Small Business Week across Canada, she’s urging residents to make an extra effort to rally around businesses to help them recover. 

“Please buy and shop Mississauga-made, order in takeout, visit that local coffee shop or buy something from one of our fabulous small retailers,” said Crombie. “These might seem like small gestures, but they can be the difference between businesses staying open or having to shut their doors. Small businesses are the lifeblood of so many of our neighbourhoods and they need our support as much as they ever have.” 

Additionally, said Crombie, Mississauga restaurants and those elsewhere are frustrated by what they view as unfair provincial capacity rules that have seen capacity limits on larger sports and entertainment venues fully lifted while limits remain in place for them. 

“And I completely understand this frustration,” she said. “I was hoping to see a more phased approach that slowly loosened the remaining capacity limits on all businesses at the same time. I think this would have ensured fairness and equity for all our business owners, large and small.” 

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