Mandatory Face Covering By-law & COVID-19 Related Measures for Restaurants and Drinking Establishments, Temporary Patios Extended, Heritage Advisory Committee Reinstated and Rail Safety Week
Local government | September 16, 2020
Today at Council the following items were reviewed and approved: Mandatory Face Covering By-law and COVID-19 Related Measures for Restaurants and Drinking Establishments, Temporary Patio Extension, Reinstatement of the Heritage Advisory Committee and Support for Rail Safety Week.
“We continue to work closely with Peel Public Health and our hospital partners to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall. To keep Mississauga safe, we are acting on the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health by extending our by-law on mandatory face coverings in indoor public spaces until January 2021,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Restaurants will also continue to limit the number of customers to a maximum of 100 indoors. We are doing what we can to support local businesses by extending patio season in Mississauga, which will be welcome news for bar and restaurant owners. Together, these measures will give us the flexibility we need to respond quickly and keep our City safe. I want to thank our residents and business community for their understanding and for working with us to help Mississauga recover and reopen safely.”
Mandatory Face Covering By-law and COVID-19 Related Measures for Restaurants and Drinking Establishments Extended to January 20, 2121
The two by-laws will be extended to January 20, 2021 as recommended by Dr. Hau, the Associate Medical Officer of Health, for the Region of Peel. Both by-laws were initially enacted as recommendations made by Dr. Loh, the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On July 8, 2020, Council enacted the COVID-19 Mandatory Face Covering By-law requiring (subject to some exceptions) people to wear a face covering inside buildings in public areas. This includes retail stores, indoor sports and recreational facilities, apartments and condominiums.
On August 5, 2020, Council enacted the COVID-19 Related Measures for Restaurants and Drinking Establishments By-law. This by-law established additional measures for restaurants and bars, including limiting capacity to 100 persons and limiting each table used by patrons to 10 persons.
Temporary Patio Program Extended to November 15 2020
On July 8, 2020 Council amended by-laws to permit temporary patios and waived related fees to October 15. Council approved an extension to November 15, 2020 as raised in a motion by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko.
Heritage Advisory Committee Reinstated
The Heritage Advisory Committee will resume meetings as a part of the City’s regular committee schedule. The committee was temporarily disbanded on April 22, 2020 with any heritage matters added directly to Council meeting agendas. The Heritage Advisory Committee makes recommendations to Council on matters relating to heritage properties within the City, their identification, research, recording and interpretation. The committee also reviews cultural landscapes and natural heritage.
Rail Safety Week – September 21 to 27
Council approved support of Rail Safety Week as raised in a motion by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras. Rail Safety Week is held across Canada from September 21 to 27, 2020. The week raises awareness of safety at crossings and dangers of trespassing on rail property. The City’s social media channels will be used to help raise awareness and share rail safety tips from CN. Rail Safety week aligns with the City’s Vision Zero framework which focuses on the prevention of fatalities and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions.
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