Province increasing capacity for weddings, funerals, and religious services in Mississauga and Brampton
Based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province announced today (March 12) that it’s adjusting capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies held in Peel and other regions currently in the “Grey/Lockdown” zone.
Starting on Monday, March 15, these services can allow for up to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors.
“While the data shows that Ontario’s vaccine rollout is helping to save lives, the next few months are critical,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“We all must remain vigilant and continue following public health advice and measures to prevent transmission, as variants of concern are continuing to become more prevalent throughout the province and threaten to undue all of the positive gains we have all worked so hard to achieve.”
While the province moved several regions to new levels of its COVID-19 Response Framework today, Peel is staying in the Grey zone for now — news that disappointed Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie, who requested Mississauga be moved into the Red zone with or without the rest of Peel Region.
“The reality is that Mississauga’s case counts warrant us being there. This week, our numbers decreased significantly to 63 cases per 100,000, down from 74 last week,” Crombie said, adding that community transmission is down as well.
“Our small business owners are seeing Mississauga residents — their customers — go into neighbouring cities like Oakville to shop and dine out when we should be in Red as well. We need a targeted approach that is fair and equitable for Mississauga residents and for Mississauga business owners.”
The mayor, who recently expressed her views directly to the Premier, says she’s still hopeful that Mississauga will move forward in the Province’s framework next week.
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