New Year’s Eve party at Mississauga’s Celebration Square is still a go, for now
Published December 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm
Large outdoor gatherings such as the annual New Year’s Eve party at Celebration Square in Mississauga still have the green light, but Mississauga officials say they’re keeping close tabs on the Ontario government for word of any new restrictions it might put in place to reduce spread of COVID-19.
Amid a dramatic surge in cases of the virus across the province this week, most of which are now or soon will be attributable to the new Omicron variant, the provincial government has announced a number of measures in attempts to stave off a worst-case scenario.
Among other measures, Ontario announced yesterday that seating capacity at large indoor venues (more than 1,000 seats) such as concert halls and sports arenas would be capped at 50 per cent starting Saturday.
In Mississauga, that impacts the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, home of the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads and the Raptors 905 basketball team, and the Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall.
City of Mississauga officials are still working to respond on that front, while also keeping an eye on the Ontario government for any new announcements that would impact other events in Mississauga.
“In terms of events, including New Year’s Eve, we are closely monitoring the situation. We will follow the lead of the provincial government and public health officials, adhering to the guidelines they set in place. This includes recommendations for outdoor gatherings like those planned for Mississauga,” said Jodi Robillos, Mississauga’s commissioner of community services.