Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie approves province's decision to move Peel into lockdown
In a statement issued this afternoon, Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she believes the province’s decision to move Peel back into lockdown was not an easy one to make, but the right course of action.
“The sobering reality is that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been rising at an alarming rate in Mississauga over the last month,” she said.
“I support this decision because my first priority is, and always will be, protecting the health and safety of Mississauga residents.”
The mayor also said she’s extremely disappointed for small businesses, as most will have to move to curbside pickup or delivery.
Businesses deemed essential, including supermarkets, pharmacies, and hardware stores, are allowed to stay open for indoor shopping.
“This is not where we wanted to be. But I truly believe Mississauga can come together, right here and right now, to get this situation under control,” said Crombie, who again urged all residents, businesses and faith-based groups to continue following the rules and recommendations from public health.
Crombie’s full statement can be read here.
In today’s provincial announcement, Premier Doug Ford announced that Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) and Toronto will be going into lockdown at 12:01 on Monday, Nov. 23.
The lockdown will last at least 28 days.
“These necessary measures are being taken to limit community transmission of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province's most vulnerable populations,” the province said in a news release.
Starting Monday, all indoor shopping malls and “non-essential” retail stores must close and restrict service to curbside pickup. Restaurants must also close their patios and restrict service to takeout and delivery. Big box stores and grocery stores will remain open with capacity limits.
Ford also said that dental clinics, which were closed during the first lockdown, can remain open at this time.
Schools and daycares will also remain open.
As far as Christmas goes, Ford said that the province will release recommendations on how families can celebrate in the coming days.
With files from Ashley Newport
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