Mississauga & Brampton Refuse To Reopen Outdoor Areas This Week Like Toronto
Community spread is still a big concern in Peel Region.
It looks like some parts of the GTA are deciding to play it safe. Since Doug Ford announced that multiple amenities such as dog parks and outdoor sports facilities could reopen, multiple cities have wasted no time in opening their doors. However, Peel Region's outdoor facilities will remain closed for the time being.
Both Mississauga and Brampton have elected to forego the opportunity toin an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Mississauga's city council decided on Wednesday that it would not be reopening outdoor amenities until at least May 25.
According to Mississauga's Mayor Bonnie Crombie, skate parks, off-leash enclosures, and other outdoor amenities will remain closed as a result.
However, both marinas and golf courses are exempted from this order and will be opening their doors.
"We are taking a measured 'made in Mississauga approach' to reopening city facilities based on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health. We also know that community spread is still happening here in Peel and that our numbers right now in terms of new cases simply don't support a broader reopening. We must listen to the experts," Mayor Bonnie Crombie said.
Lawrence Loh, Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health, also weighed in on the issue citing the city's recent increase in cases as the main reason why the region has made this decision.
According to Loh, the area has 20% of all new cases that have been reported in Ontario over the past week.
"Given this picture, I have recommended that our area municipalities delay any opening of outdoor facilities in the Region of Peel until at least Monday, May 25, and possibly later, depending on the picture of the pandemic," he added.
Meanwhile, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has also aligned himself with the Region of Peel's plan to proceed with caution and follow the guidance of the region's health officials when it comes to reopening city facilities.
While both cities have refused to rush into opening their outdoor amenities, other cities in the GTA haven't been following in their footsteps.
The City of Toronto announced that itall picnic spots, off-leash parks, and outdoor areas this week.