Mississauga to reopen more outdoor amenities and allow fireworks
Although Mississauga cannot yet move into stage 2 of the province's phased reopening plan (Mayor Bonnie Crombie has indicated that the city could get the go-ahead as early as next week, however), it is preparing to open a few more outdoor amenities and reverse its fireworks ban.
On June 17, city council agreed to open more outdoor amenities, lift restrictions on fireworks, launch an Economic Resiliency Task Force and make changes to the zoning bylaw to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor patios.
"I know many residents and businesses are frustrated by the province's decision to keep Mississauga in Stage 1 for now. While Mississauga has made significant progress with an average of 13 new daily cases last week, there is still more to do in terms of a sustained decline across all cities in the Region of Peel," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie at a June 17 press conference.
"As part of our economic recovery plan, we are striking an Economic Resiliency Task Force to listen to and assist local businesses with recovery, including how we as a city can make life easier. We also continue to reopen city amenities safely and responsibly and have a plan in place to proceed with Stage 2 reopening as soon as we are given the green light by the province. I know it's hard but please stay patient, we are almost there."
According to the city, the following amenities will be reopening on June 19, 2020:
- City of Mississauga and school board track facilities
- Bocce courts
- Beach volleyball courts
At the council meeting, city staff said that employees are working to reinstall basketball nets at outdoor basketball courts and should be able to reopen courts by June 26. Sports fields will also open on June 26 for casual, non-permitted use.
The opening of these amenities follows the opening of community gardens, marinas and Lakefront Promenade public boat launches, golf courses, leash-free zones, BMX and skateboard parks, public and community tennis courts, benches, shelters and shade structures and seasonal washrooms.
Those who want to celebrate Canada Day with fireworks should note that council agreed to end the prohibition of the sale and use of fireworks that came in effect on April 24, 2020. The prohibition was put in place to prevent large gatherings (at the time, gatherings of more than five people were prohibited) and ensure city staff members wouldn't be overwhelmed with calls and complaints.
Now that physical distancing restrictions have been relaxed (gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted), fireworks may be set off on Canada Day (as well as Victoria Day, Chinese New Year and Diwali).
Anyone who wants to set off fireworks on private property on any day other than these holidays must apply for a fireworks permit.
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