UPDATED: April 17, 2021 to reflect new changes to playgrounds
BRAMPTON, ON (April 16, 2021) – Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is strengthening enforcement of the Provincial stay-at-home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.
To increase public compliance with the stay-at-home order and stop the spread of COVID-19, amendments to an emergency order have been made that will provide police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to support the enforcement of Ontario's stay-at-home order.
Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 am, police officers and other Provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the stay-at-home order and exclusively to enforce the stay-at-home order.
Strengthened public health measures
Both the Provincial declaration of emergency and the stay-at-home order have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.
The government also intends to implement the following public health and workplace safety measures effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 am:
- Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
- Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
- Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
- Close all outdoor recreational courts and sports fields, such as golf courses, basketball courts, and soccer fields with limited exceptions. UPDATE: Please note, as announced by Premier Ford on April 17, 2021, regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds to remain open.
In addition, effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 am, the Province is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.
All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), will continue to apply.
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City services and facilities
City Hall and Corporate Facilities
City Hall and corporate facilities remain open for in-person services by appointment only. Walk-ins are not permitted. To book an appointment, visit www.brampton.ca/skiptheline.
City Recreation Centres and Outdoor Amenities
All City of Brampton recreation facilities will remain closed to the public and indoor programs continue to be suspended until further notice.
All outdoor recreational courts and sports fields, such as golf courses, basketball courts and soccer fields are closed with limited exceptions. Playgrounds remain open.
Parks and trails remain open. Washroom facilities within parks will be closed.
Residents are invited to participate in free 30-minute live virtual fitness classes with trained instructors.
Brampton residents 55 years of age and older can register for free virtual workshops and join engaging online sessions from the comfort of home. Participants will have the opportunity to socialize, build new friendships and connect online in a safe and structured environment.
Inclusive Virtual Activities and Workshops
This series is a great opportunity for participants with disabilities and exceptionalities to join in activities, learn something new and create lasting friendships with peers.
More information regarding virtual program offerings, including details regarding how to register can be found at www.brampton.ca/recreation.
Rec At Home
Stay active and engaged at home with self-guided online arts and craft tutorials, accessible 24/7! Learn how to make origami hearts, practice your calligraphy skills and more. Access a variety of Rec At Home activities here, made with love by Brampton Recreation.
Mandatory face coverings
Under the Mandatory Face Coverings By-law, non-medical masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton. Public establishments and businesses are required to ensure that masks or face coverings are worn in indoor public spaces under their control.
The by-law exempts 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. For more information, visit: www.brampton.ca/masks.
Residents and businesses can call 311, visit www.311brampton.ca or use the 311 mobile app for more information and service requests.
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