After much debate about whether Peel Region is ready, Mississauga's reopening has taken another step. Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City announced June 1 that it is now following Toronto's lead in opening off-leash areas and a bunch of other amenities. The news comes after Peel released a COVID-19 breakdown map late in May.

"Beginning today, the City of Mississauga is reopening select park amenities and parking lots as part of its Phase 2 COVID-19 recovery plan," reads a City statement released on Monday, June 1.

It goes on to note that the start of Phase 2 includes reopening most leash-free zones as well as BMX and skate parks, tennis courts and community tennis clubs, picnic shelters, park benches, and seasonal washrooms.

Less than two weeks ago, the City of Toronto began reopening its off-leash parks, ball courts, and other outdoor facilities.

As that was happening, Mississauga and its neighbour city of Brampton emphasized that they would be keeping their own outdoor amenities closed due to the comparatively high number of cases in Peel compared to other regions of the GTA and Ontario.

That came as Peel's top doctor, Dr. Lawrence Loh, warned that the provincial reopening plan was moving far too fast than was safe in Mississauga and Brampton.

Mayor Crombie noted that reopening parks and facilities could prompt crowds to form at certain locations.

She stressed that being sensible and leaving already-busy parks alone will be key in the next few days and weeks, as well as maintaining proper physical distancing at all times.

The full list of park amenities and parking lots that have reopened in Mississaga so far is available online.

The City noted it will introduce additional safety measures like signage and the presence of "park ambassadors" and park enforcement staff.

It adds that other sports fields and courts, playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment, and spray pads and wading pools are among the amenities still closed.

Union Park and Community Common are also still shut to public use.

This news comes just days after Peel Region was finally able to offer more clarity and information on the status of COVID-19.

The region went live with a map on Friday, May 29 which looks to break down its cases by geographical location, similar to Toronto's own new interactive map.

*This cover photo was used for illustrative purposes.

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