Everything you need to know about Stage 3 in Brampton

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On July 29, the province announced that both Toronto and Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) will move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. 

The Ontario government says the decision, made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, is based on lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

Other parts of the province entered the third stage of the province’s reopening plan on July 17 and 24, 2020.

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,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

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.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Stage 3 in Brampton. 

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 on August 10, canoe and kayak rentals will be available at Professor's Lake. 

Beginning the week of August 10, Brampton will reintroduce an extended offering of Fitness in the Park, a free outdoor fitness program that will be offered on a drop-in basis.

This program encourages residents 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(tm). A full schedule will be available here.

After Labour Day, indoor pools, fitness amenities, and limited drop-in programs (by reservation only) will reopen for public use.

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 here.

All recreation centres remain closed to the public for walk-in use at this time. 

All City festivals, events, performances and community event permits for events at City facilities and performing arts centres, including The Rose, will remain 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 and select from a list of five library branches that are active in delivering this service. 

Strict physical distancing measures will be in place at Brampton parks and indoor facilities as they reopen.

A distance of 2.0 metres must be maintained at all times from anyone a resident does not live with. 

As part of Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted with physical distancing.

Those not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. Residents can still 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.

Brampton City Council passed the Brampton COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings By-law following the advice of Peel Public Health, which will remain in effect until October 1, 2020. 

From May 5 to June 14, 2020, the City conducted a survey for residents asking how they would like to access services and programming.

A total of 4,500 responses were received.

Key highlights indicate that 87% of respondents preferred an approach to reopening of City facilities that prioritized public safety, even if that meant delays.

Additionally, it indicated that 88% of respondents agreed that the City should work to make as many services as possible available online and 82% of respondents preferred accessing City services online or by phone.

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.

Click here for regular updates and call 311 to reach the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel at any time.

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