What to know about entering Brampton's courthouse amid COVID-19 outbreak

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The City of Brampton recently announced that courthouses are now open after entering Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan.

While various businesses have already reopened, there are still many precautions residents must take when going places, including if they must attend Brampton’s courthouse.

Several mandatory measures have been put in place to keep staff and residents safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes one-way entries where attendees must enter and exit through the designated one-way only doors.

Attendees are also encouraged to review the posted self-screening questions before entering the facility, where they will be greeted by a security guard. They must then use the hand sanitizer provided and enter.

Once inside the courthouse, attendees must go to the information counter, get a queue ticket based on the service they are visiting for, follow the colour coded floor markings to the appropriate area and then meet with prosecutors in designated areas before being directed to the courtroom.

Once inside the courtroom, attendees must only sit in the designated seated areas and only approach when called upon. They must also stand at the barrier, speak loudly and clearly.

A number of services and forms can be accessed online. Residents are reminded not to come to the courthouse unless they are required to.

The following services are available online including payments by credit card or over the telephone, inquiries by email or telephone, early resolution requests and an extension of time to pay fines and on-line forms.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of yourself and others, the City of Brampton encourages residents to continue to practice health and safety measures such as physical distancing, washing hands, covering your mouth and staying home when feeling sick.

On July 9, 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.

As of Friday, July 10, non-medical masks or face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

This temporary by-law will require public establishments and businesses to ensure that masks or face coverings are worn in indoor public spaces under their control. 

Individuals and businesses not adhering to this by-law may be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.

The by-law will exempt certain individuals, including those who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to medical reasons, children under the age of two, individuals engaged in an athletic activity in accordance with the Emergency Orders and individuals consuming food or drink at a permitted indoor establishment.

For a full list of places where non-medical masks or face coverings will be required, click here.

For the latest updates on the City of Brampton’s response to COVID-19, visit brampton.ca/COVID19.

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