Today, Mississauga City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: additional amenity reopenings, resuming on-street parking enforcement and extending exemptions for Sign By-law amendments.
“Each week, we take more steps to return to business as usual in Mississauga. Today, we are moving forward with a number of actions to further reopen our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Part of this work is extending permissions for businesses to use outdoor signs more easily to promote their business, as well as preparing to resume on street parking enforcement. While we are making progress, we cannot let up. We must continue to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene to prevent a large second wave. We may be done with the pandemic, but it is not done with us. If we all do our part, we will keep our City safe and continue our steady progress to return to normal.”
City Facility Reopenings
A number of amenities will reopen as part of the City’s approval to move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province as announced earlier this week.
Additional park and recreation amenities will open on the following dates:
Friday, June 26
- Basketball courts
- Casual use of sports fields
- All remaining park parking lots
Saturday, July 4
- Outdoor pools – Starting Saturday, July 4, all of the City’s seven outdoor pools will be open for Adult lane and Leisure swims with pre-registration only
- Artificial turf fields
- Select baseball diamond permits
- Cricket field permits
- Picnic areas
- Celebration Square wading pool
- Photography permits available
- Spray pads (with the exception of Huron Park, which is currently under construction)
Monday, July 13
- Soccer field permits
The City encourages residents to take personal responsibility when visiting parks and is using its Park Ambassador program to educate residents on physical distancing requirements and remaining park playground and amenity closures.
Park and Recreation Amenities
In addition to several park amenities that were reopened as part of Stage 1, bocce courts, beach volleyball courts and joint City and school board track facilities opened last weekend.
Closures that Remain in Effect
City arenas are not open for full public use. The City is currently working on a summer ice plan with hockey and skating clubs.
- Community Centres
Community centres will only be opening exclusively for summer camp participants and staff on weekdays. At this time, community centres are not open for full public use.
- Culture Facilities
All of the City’s Culture facilities are currently closed. The City is reviewing when they can open based on staffing and demand.
Returns are accepted at all locations except Mississauga Valley Library. Starting today, curbside pickup will be available at the Burnhamthorpe, Central, Lorne Park, Maltonand MeadowvaleAdditional locations will be phased in:
- June 29, 2020 – Erin Meadows, Frank McKechnie, Port Credit, South Common
- July 6, 2020 – Churchill Meadows, Courtneypark, Sheridan, Woodlands
- Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment
Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under the provincial order.
On-Street Parking Enforcement
Council approved the enforcement of on-street parking to resume as of July 6, 2020 for:
- On-street time limit offences – such as more than five and fifteen hours
- 2 to 6 a.m. restrictions
Leading up to July 6, warning tickets will be issued for anyone parking on-street for more than 5 hours or overnight (2 to 6 a.m.).
All other parking offences continue to be enforced to maintain public safety. This includes fire routes, accessible parking, no stopping, prohibited parking areas, as well as pay and display areas where payment is required.
Council approved an extended exemption period for amendments made to the Sign By-law from June 30 to December 31, 2020 for businesses to match community groups. Council amended the Sign By-law in March to grant exceptions to support community groups, organizations and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and community groups can access portable sign applications online using eSigns.
Liability for Amateur Sports in Reopening from COVID-19
Council committed to write a letter to the Government of Ontario to request that sports organizations and non-profits be granted qualified immunity from liability where participants contract COVID-19 while participating in their activities. If granted by the province, organizations must act in good faith and follow all Emergency Orders, health guidelines and the safety policies of their umbrella sports organizations to be granted immunity from liability.
To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: mississauga.ca/coronavirus or call 311.