No plans for further restrictions in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon at this time


Published December 22, 2021 at 1:13 pm

After Quebec announced it would be imposing the closure of gyms, bars, and schools ahead of the holidays, many were concerned Ontario would follow suit.

Last week, the Province announced capacity limits were returning, and gathering sizes were being reduced. However, as of yet no businesses have been instructed to close.

According to Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, that is expected to be the case for Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon, at least for now.

“At this point in time, there isn’t anything additional that we are planning,” Dr. Loh said during a press conference on Wednesday (December 22). “But we are always in constant contact with our hospital partners and continuously monitoring the trends as they apply in Peel and the rest of Ontario to ensure we’re providing the best recommendations we can.”

While cases are increasing, hospitalizations in Brampton remain stable—as of Wednesday, only seven people have been admitted to Brampton Civic Hospital for symptoms associated with COVID-19, and only three are in the ICU.

Mayor Patrick Brown has attributed the current hospital capacity, which is significantly improved compared to the height of the third wave, to the high number of residents who have gotten vaccinated.

“As much as there is alarm and concern right now, I’m pleased that our hospital capacity remains stable, and that we have a high vaccination rate in our community,” Brown said during the press conference. “One of the reasons for cautious optimism is that our community has stepped up and gotten vaccinated.”

Additionally, while there is no plan for additional restrictions in Peel at this time, that doesn’t mean that won’t change as the situation evolves.

“We continue to monitor on-going trends—we do see the cases rising—and we will continue to keep a close eye on our hospitals and how the rise of this new variant impacts their capacity limits,” Dr. Loh said.

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