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Service and Information Update

2021 holiday season in Brampton during the COVID-19 pandemic


​BRAMPTON, ON (December 14, 2021) – During the upcoming holiday season, many City of Brampton offices, including City Hall, will be closed to the public from Friday, December 24, 2021 at 12 pm until Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 8:30 am.

All critical services, including Fire and Emergency Services, Traffic Services, By-Law Enforcement, Road Operations, and Security Services will continue to operate as usual to support the community.

Residents can call 311 or 905.874.2000 (if outside of Brampton), use the Brampton 311 app (available on App Store or Google Play), visit www.311brampton.ca or email 311@brampton.ca for any inquiries or service requests. The team is available 24/7 for any City of Brampton or Region of Peel matters, including queries related to COVID-19. Visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19 for more information.

Brampton’s New Year’s Eve

The countdown is on to 2022 and there is no better place to celebrate than in downtown Brampton! Ring in the New Year starting at 9 p.m. in Garden Square with live, in-person performances from the Juno Award-winning Sam Roberts Band, local Brampton artist Ameerah and special guest Aysanabee. At the stroke of midnight, enjoy a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display presented by Kalsi Law.  For event details and information on road closures, parking and planning your trip with Brampton Transit, visit www.brampton.ca/newyearseve. Thank you to the City’s generous event sponsor Tim Hortons.

Head downtown early and enjoy a night out with dinner at one of Brampton’s amazing restaurants
including the three official food partners for the event:
• The WORKS Craft Burgers & Beer: 8 Queen St E
• Pizzanini: 18 Main St S
• RaPizza: 6 George St S Unit 2 
 
Download the newly-launched Food Guide Pass for access to exclusive deals and discounts from a selection of restaurants from the Brampton Food Guide too. 

Mayor’s New Year’s Levee

City Hall Front Steps
Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 12 to 2 pm
 
Kick off 2022 with Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillors. Join Members of Council on the front steps of City Hall to exchange best wishes and greetings for the year ahead. A community skate will take place in Gage Park from 2-4 pm following the meet and greet.
 
For more information on the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, visit the City’s events calendar at www.brampton.ca/events.

Fireworks

New Year’s Eve is one of four approved days in a year when short-range fireworks are allowed on private property, without the need for a permit. Short-range fireworks are those that tend to travel less than three metres (10 feet) when set off (e.g. fountains, wheels, ground spinners, sparklers). All other rocket-type fireworks are banned in Brampton. The City reminds residents that fireworks are not allowed to be used on the street, sidewalks, within City parks or on municipal or school properties. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca.  

When using short-range fireworks on your property, you must follow these safety precautions:
• You must have a container of water or a hose line that’s filled with water available to extinguish fireworks
• You must never light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand, other than a sparkler
• After using sparklers, place them in a container of water to fully cool before disposal
• Allow all fireworks to fully cool before disposal

Brampton Transit

Brampton Transit will be running on Holiday Service from December 20 to January 2. Reduced weekday service will in effect with School specials and extras cancelled. On December 25, 26 and January 1, Sunday/Holiday Service will be in effect. Regular service resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Brampton Transit will run on the following schedule for the holiday season:

• Monday, December 20, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Tuesday, December 21, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Thursday, December 23, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Friday, December 24, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Saturday, December 25, 2021: Sunday/Holiday service
• Sunday, December 26, 2021: Sunday/Holiday service
• Monday, December 27, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Tuesday, December 28, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Wednesday, December 29, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Thursday, December 30, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Friday, December 31, 2021: Reduced weekday service
• Saturday, January 1, 2022: Sunday/Holiday service
• Sunday, January 2, 2022: Sunday/Holiday service

An enhanced cleaning and sanitizing schedule remains in effect. It is Brampton Transit’s goal to disinfect all hard surfaces, operator compartments and seats every 48 hours. The majority of buses are currently sanitized every 24 hours. Facilities and terminals that have hard surfaces are wiped down and sanitized on a daily basis.

The City urges riders to continue to maintain physical distancing at terminals, and at bus stops, even while wearing a mask, as much as possible. Riders are also reminded to carry their own personal disinfectant when travelling, such as hand sanitizer or wipes, wash their hands often, and cough or sneeze into their elbow. If you’re sick, please refrain from riding transit, get tested at the nearest COVID-19 assessment site and follow public health instructions.

With guidance from Peel Public Health, riders are reminded that non-medical masks covering your nose, mouth and chin are mandatory on buses and terminals. 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.

Visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19 for regular updates and visit www.bramptontransit.com or follow @bramptontransit on Twitter for service updates. Questions may be directed to Brampton Transit’s Contact Centre at 905.874.2999.

Brampton Recreation

Brampton Recreation Centre holiday hours of operation can be viewed at www.brampton.ca/holidayhours. For more information on recreation programs and services, visit www.brampton.ca/recreation.   
 
Outdoor Amenities
Outdoor skating rinks will be open throughout the holiday season, weather permitting. Hours of operation and full details can be found at www.brampton.ca/outdoorskating.  

Mount Chinguacousy is our city’s destination for Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing located at Chinguacousy Park. Mount Chinguacousy is scheduled to open on December 27, weather and snow conditions permitting. For all information, including hours of operation, open or closed status, and registration details, visit www.brampton.ca/MountChinguacousy.

Explore www.brampton.ca/winterwonderland for more outdoor winter fun opportunities and ongoing amenity status updates!

Food & Toy Drive
From December 1 to 15, donate non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys at various locations in Brampton, including Recreation Centres and libraries. All donations will be distributed to families in need in our community. Click here for drop-off locations and a list of the most-needed items.

Holiday Activity Kits
Experience Holiday fun from home with FREE activity kits provided by the City of Brampton. Activity kits are self-guided and contain Holiday themed activities for children to enjoy including make your own ornaments and pipe cleaner snowflakes. Activity kits are available for curbside pickup at Cassie Campbell, Century Gardens, and Gore Meadows on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 4-8 pm, while quantities last. Click here for details.

Winter Program Registration
Registration for Brampton Recreation’s winter sessional programs is now open. Programs are available to view online and register at www.brampton.ca/registerforprograms. Winter registered programs begin on January 3, 2022.

Brampton Library

All Brampton Library branches will be closed:
• Friday, December 24, 2021
• Saturday, December 25, 2021
• Sunday, December 26, 2021
• Friday, December 31, 2021
• Saturday, January 1, 2022

Visit the Brampton Library website anytime to discover online borrowing and access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, TV and Movie streaming, online learning, arts and crafts instruction, and more. Subscribe to Brampton Library’s email updates and newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. For more details, please visit the Brampton Library website.

Brampton Animal Services
 
The Brampton Animal Shelter will run on the following schedule:
 
• Friday, December 24, 2021 – Closed after noon
• Saturday, December 25, 2021 - Closed
• Sunday, December 26, 2021 – Closed
• Monday, December 27, 2021 – Closed
• Tuesday, December 28, 2021 – Open 10 am to 12 pm for animal claims only
• Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – Open 10 am to 4 pm
• Thursday, December 30, 2021 – Open 10 am to 4 pm
• Friday, December 31, 2021 – Closed after noon
• Saturday, January 1, 2022 – Closed
• Sunday, January 2, 2022 - Closed
• Monday, January 3, 2022 - closed
 
The shelter will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. When the shelter is open, it is by appointment only.
 
Animal Control will be on the road from 8 am to 6:30 pm from December 24 to 28, 2021 and January 1 to 3, 2022. Animal Control will be on the road from 7 am to 10 pm on December 29 and 30, 2021. Outside of these hours, Animal Control will be responding to emergencies only.
 
Animal Control is currently responding to the following calls:
• Pick up of sick/injured/aggressive domestic animals and wildlife
• Aggressive animal
• Dog running at large
• Dog bite investigation
• Pick up of confined stray dog
• Pick up of dead animal

Peel Public Health Reminders for the Holidays
 
As the vaccine roll-out continues and variants of concern circulate in our community, it’s important to remember that public health measures remain our best defence against COVID-19. For more information on how and where to book your COVID-19 vaccine in Peel, visit: https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.

Take care of each other over the holidays by following the provincial guidelines in Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen.

As always, please remember to:
• Stay home and get tested if you’re feeling sick
• Limit gatherings
• Keep 2 metres apart
• Wash your hands
• Wear a well-fitted mask
• Get vaccinated

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