FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Brampton moves into Stage 3 of Reopening on July 31
BRAMPTON, ON (July 30, 2020) – Following the Government of Ontario’s announcement yesterday permitting the Peel Region to move into Stage 3, the City is preparing for the safe reopening of more businesses and services in Brampton this Friday, July 31.
City Facilities, Services and Programming in Stage 3
Parks, Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment
All City playgrounds, play structures and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen on Friday, July 31. Signage will be posted in parks to advise residents to practise proper health and safety measures.
Outdoor sports fields are now open to leagues for gameplay, in accordance with the Province’s Return to Play guidelines.
Beginning August 10, canoe and kayak rentals will be available at Professor’s Lake. Details are available online at brampton.ca/recreation.
Beginning the week of August 10, the City of Brampton will reintroduce an extended offering of summer favourite, Fitness in the Park, a free outdoor fitness program. This outdoor drop-in program is being expanded to offer residents more options to engage in safe, open air fitness activities during the warmer months and in areas where physical distancing is possible for large groups. Days, locations, and timeslots have been expanded for increased capacity. Program offerings will include Boot Camp, Meditation, and Zumba™. A full schedule will be available at brampton.ca/recreation.
Indoor pools, fitness amenities, and limited drop-in programs (by reservation only) will reopen for public use after Labour Day. Public swims, lane swims, aquafit, and aqua therapy will be available at select indoor swimming pools by reservation only. Drop-in programs will include Arts, Sports, Dance (Recital & Non Recital), STEM, and Skating. Fitness amenities will reopen for drop-in cardio and weight room use. More information on all programs and services beginning after Labour Day, including how to register, will be made available at brampton.ca/recreation.
All recreation centres remain closed to the public for walk-in use at this time. For questions, please call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festivals and Events
All City festivals, events, performances and community event permits for events at City facilities and performing arts centres, including The Rose, continue to be cancelled until Labour Day on September 7, 2020, inclusive.
New holds may now be placed for curbside pickup at select library branches with a valid library card. Residents are invited to reserve materials online at bramptonlibrary.ca and select from a list of five library branches that are active in delivering this service. Details are available at bramptonlibrary.ca and on Brampton Library’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages @bramptonlibrary. At this time, all Brampton Library branches remain closed to the public.
Stage 3 Safety Guidelines and Regulations
City Facility Health and Safety Measures
With community health and safety top of mind, strict physical distancing measures will be in place at Brampton parks and indoor facilities as they reopen. A distance of at least 2.0 metres (or six feet) must be maintained at all times from anyone a resident does not live with.
The City of Brampton is working closely with its partners at Peel Public Health and the Brampton Emergency Management Office to continue to monitor risks. Visit brampton.ca/COVID19 for regular updates, and call 311 to reach the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel at any time.
Group Gatherings and Physical Distancing
As part of the Stage 3 provincial reopening, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted. These gatherings remain subject to compliance with provincial physical distancing requirements of a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household or 10-person social circle.
The City’s Emergency measures by-laws on physical distancing remains in effect, prohibiting people from maintaining less than a 2.0 metre distance from one another on any public property. Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. Residents can call 311 to report non-compliance.
Effective July 10, 2020, non-medical masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Following the advice of Peel Public Health, Brampton City Council passed the Brampton COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings By-law, which will remain in effect until October 1, 2020. For more details, visit brampton.ca/masks.
Reopening and Recovery Results
To help inform its reopening and recovery plan, from May 5 to June 14, 2020, the City surveyed residents on how they would like to access services and programming. A total of 4,500 responses were received. Key highlights include:
- 87% of respondents preferred an approach to reopening of City facilities that prioritized public safety, even if that meant delays.
- 88% of respondents agreed that the City should work to make as many services as possible available online.
- 82% of respondents preferred accessing City services online or by phone.
“This announcement is a result of the progress our community has made over the last month and demonstrates the ongoing hard work and dedication of our residents, businesses, frontline employees and healthcare professionals in keeping each other safe. As we move into Stage 3 of the provincial reopening this Friday, I remind everyone that we must keep up our efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We must remain committed to following Peel Public Health’s safety guidelines so that we can continue to move forward in our reopening and recovery together.”
– Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“Keeping in line with what we have heard from our residents, businesses and community groups, the City continues to take a safe and measured approach to resuming services and reopening facilities in Stage 3. We all play a role in the full recovery and reopening of our city and I encourage our residents to continue doing their part by wearing a non-medical mask, practising physical distancing, washing their hands often and getting tested if needed.”
– Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor, Wards 3 & 4; Lead, Mayor’s Reopening and Recovery Working Group, City of Brampton
“Throughout our response to COVID-19, the City introduced new ways of delivering services and programs that are safe and convenient for residents, businesses, and the community. As we enter Stage 3, enhanced safety measures will remain in place and we will continue to seek new and innovative ways of safely doing business to ensure we keep moving forward in our City’s reopening and recovery.”
– David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
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