Mississauga gets the go-ahead to play outside this weekend
Published May 21, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Golfers and other Mississauga residents itching to stretch their legs this weekend got some good news from Premier Doug Ford yesterday with the announcement that many outdoor recreational amenities will be allowed to re-open.
Ontario is not out of the pandemic just yet, but Ford’s three-step re-opening plans begins tomorrow with the re-opening of golf courses and driving ranges; tennis and basketball courts; baseball diamonds and batting cages; soccer and other sports fields; lawn bowling and bocce; marinas; and BMX and skate parks.
No organized outdoor sports or recreational classes will be permitted, however, and outdoor pools have not yet been given the green light to open.
But the Province has changed its tune on splash pads, just in time for what looks like a very hot holiday weekend.
Splash pads were not included in yesterday’s announcement but were given the go-ahead earlier today. The decision to turn the taps on will be in the hands of Mississauga recreation staff.
Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will also be expanded on Saturday, which will allow these amenities to be used by up to five people.
“I am pleased to see that the Province is hearing what municipalities have to say regarding lifting restrictions on outdoor recreation,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Outdoor activity is important from a mental health perspective and with the warmer weather here, we know residents will be accessing these amenities more.”
Here’s a look at what’s opening in Mississauga:
• Golf Courses – Reservations for Braeben and Lakeview Golf Course will open tonight at 9 p.m. for tee times starting this Saturday, May 22. For more information, visit mississauga.ca/golf.
• Public Marinas – Credit Village Marina and Lakefront Promenade Arena are preparing to open as of Saturday May 22, 2021. Any boats that are being stored offsite can plan to dock at their respective slips this weekend. Our boat transportation contractor will be on-site starting Wednesday May 26 to launch boats currently stored in Lakefront Promenade Marina Storage area and will complete all boat launches by Friday May 28. All boaters should contact the marina office prior to arrival. Boaters with slips at Credit Village Marina should confirm slip locations due to low water levels.
In addition, the regulations will allow outdoor gatherings up to five people, including outdoor wedding receptions. Wedding ceremonies, religious services and rites are permitted indoors or outdoors with a maximum of 10 people.
The Province’s three-step ‘Roadmap’ to re-open also outlined when other sectors like outdoor dining, personal services and outdoor fitness can safely reopen.
The current Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential reasons, such as grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise or for work that cannot be done remotely.
“I want to thank all Mississauga residents for doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and encourage those who haven’t received their vaccine yet, to do so,” Mayor Crombie added. “This is the best way to help us end the fight and get back on track.”
The community is encouraged to continue to wear a face covering and physical distance appropriately.
For a full list of the restrictions and enforcements, please visit ontario.ca/covid19.
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