COVID-19 | November 25, 2020
To all Mississauga residents, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations:
I know that many of you are disappointed that Peel Region, including Mississauga, has moved into the Grey-Lockdown level under the Province’s COVID-19 framework. I am disappointed too, this is not where any of us want to be.
The news is particularly tough for our small business community, as most have to move to curbside pickup and delivery during the important holiday shopping season. I also know it is tough for our faith-based groups, as the new rules permit a maximum of 10 people for an indoor religious service.
Nothing has been fair about COVID-19, and I know this was not an easy decision for the Province to make. I do, however, firmly believe this was the right course of action at a critical moment.
The sobering reality is that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been rising at an alarming rate in Mississauga over the last month. We have seen a rise in the number of patients being transferred to the ICU and significant spread in our long-term care homes.
COVID-fatigue is setting in and I completely understand that. Everyone has already made huge sacrifices and we have now been asked to make even more.
I know we can pull through together – we’ve done it before. We should never lose sight of why we’re doing this: to avoid a prolonged lockdown and even stricter measures. We are doing this to avoid school closures, further spread in our long-term care homes and overburdening our hospitals. Most importantly, we are doing this to limit preventable deaths in Mississauga.
Letting our guard down now would be devastating for our community, especially when we are moving closer to a viable vaccine.
I want to be very clear: these are just temporary measures, and the Premier has given me his word that he, along with the Province’s Chief Medical Officer and Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, will be reviewing our case numbers every two weeks to determine the path forward for our Region and City.
I want to thank everyone in Mississauga who is playing their part in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please continue listening to public health advice – stay home except when going to get the essentials and limit close in-person contact to your immediate household and essential supports. Do this for yourself, your family, your neighbours and for all Mississaugans.
Be safe and be well.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie