After the past couple of days where the province has seen a slight fluctuation in cases, there is some good news for Mississaugans. As the province has officially announced that on July 31, the region of Peel and the city of Toronto will be moving into stage 3 of reopening. This decision was made based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

“While more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we’re asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly. We have made tremendous progress that allows us to return to something a little closer to our normal lives this summer, but we are not out of the woods yet. This virus is still among us and we have to be extra cautious to avoid sparking a surge or an outbreak. I strongly urge everyone to continue following public health protocols.” said Premier Doug Ford. 

What moving to Stage 3 mean for the city of Mississauga

With the stage 3 move, Mississauga businesses and residents can look forward to an increase in the capacity limit for a public gathering, which will be moving from the previous limit of 10 people to the current limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. This also means the following businesses can reopen:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

The protective measures put in place the past few weeks by Toronto Mayor John Tory, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and other GTHA mayors will be essential in continuing the progress the province has made in flattening the curve. Some of the legislation includes requiring people to remain seated in bars, capacity limits inside facilities and log-keeping for contact tracing. 

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts will monitor the evolving situation and advise when public health restrictions can be further loosened or tightened once more.

Residents are asked to practice physical distancing with those outside their household or social circle, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, stay home when ill, and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.