Brampton launches mayor's working group to plan for city's reopening

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At an April 22 conference, the City of Brampton made an announcement in regard to a Mayor's Working Group that will begin the planning process for the eventual reopening of facilities within the city as well as the gradual resumption of programs and services that have been impacted amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 16, Brampton closed city facilities including City Hall and cancelled various programming and events.

On March 24, a State of Emergency was announced in the City of Brampton and since that time, further closures have occurred.

The working group will be led by Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros and with guidance from the Brampton Emergency Management Office, they will focus on reopening City facilities in a safe way while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of the community.

Additionally, the group will advise on processes to guide the specialized COVID-19 task forces during the phased return.

This will enable residents, businesses and employees to continue to receive the support they require, while the group will lead stakeholder consultations with different levels of government, sports and arts user groups and resident associations on their safety needs and desired outcomes.

Councillor Medeiros and the working group will rely on advice from Peel Public Health, the Governments of Ontario and Canada and collaborate among the City's four Mayor's Task Forces.

The group will also advise the Mayor on input from residents and the business community for accessing City services, necessary service changes as advised by health officials and opportunities for new ways for the City to conduct business, along with exploring the range of available funding opportunities from other levels of government.

This will help to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19 on City operations.

These details, as well as the advice, will be shared with the Mayor and considered by City Council at a future date.

Festival cancellations are still in effect until July 2, 2020, and city facilities remain closed until further notice.

For the most current updates, visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19.

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