The City of Brampton is issuing a reminder to its residents about the importance of following by-laws during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as year-round.
By-laws are put in place to help maintain a safe and clean city and every Brampton resident is required to help uphold these standards.
Individuals not adhering to regulations can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence under the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law or fined under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).
They may also be fined under other City by-laws that are relevant, should they not adhere to them.
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The City of Brampton’s Traffic By-Law 93-93 states that no vehicle may be parked on any portion of a sidewalk in a way that would obstruct it.
By doing so, it poses a danger to those using sidewalks as well as impedes strollers, wheelchairs and pedestrians.
Additionally, under the by-law, vehicles are not permitted to park in a way that obstructs traffic and no parked vehicle may overhang onto a roadway.
Residents may consider parking a vehicle parallel to the curb on the paved portion of the boulevard, if necessary.
When parked this way, vehicles cannot encroach the road or sidewalk.
While all City-owned parking lots are closed to the public until further notice, the City has also temporarily suspended enforcement of on-street parking with the exceptions of health, safety and emergency services related matters such as blocked driveways and fire hydrants, blocked sidewalks, road obstructions, fire routes and ensuring emergency vehicles have passage.
City parks also remain closed, but residents are permitted to walk through parks on pathways and use trails.
It is still prohibited to use outdoor recreational facilities including playgrounds and other structures in parks, picnic sites, benches or shelters, outdoor sports facilities and outdoor fitness equipment, including sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, recreation centres and surrounding lands and parking lots.
Residents are also reminded that dogs are not permitted to go off-leash in any City park and leash-free dog parks remain closed at this time.
While residents are allowed to get outside on sidewalks, trails, paths or other public spaces, they must maintain 2.0 metres distance from others (who don’t live in their home) at all times.
Gatherings of more than five are also prohibited under the EMCPA.
To report gatherings of more than five people, residents are asked to call 311.
For more information on the City’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19.
For more information on the City’s by-laws, visit www.brampton.ca.