At a press conference on June 22nd, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced some exciting news for Mississauga residents. As Mississauga, along with Toronto and the rest of the Peel Region are moving to stage 2 of reopening.
The move to stage 2 for these regions is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.
“Because of our collective efforts, we continue to make real and significant progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
What does this mean for Residents?
Mississauga will join the 31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2 between June 12 through 19.
The implications of moving the city to stage 2 include :
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
- Camping at private campgrounds;
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
As with any changes to the current reopening framework, it is important to always practise social distancing and other cautious practices to ensure that the virus doesn’t see a resurgence within the city. This move is great news for both residents and businesses alike.