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City of Brampton will now issue fines to enforce physical distancing amid COVID-19 outbreak

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City of Brampton will now issue fines to enforce physical distancing amid COVID-19 outbreak

Today, Mayor Patrick Brown signed the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law to help protect the health and safety of the city’s residents.

At a Special Meeting of Council on March 25, 2020, City Council directed staff to explore enhanced by-law enforcement.

The new by-law prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community and individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.

Municipal regulations under the by-law include prohibiting people from maintaining less than a 2.0-metre distance from one another on any public property (other than people they live with) and prohibiting businesses to permit people to be seated or to be standing less than 2.0 metres apart whether inside or outside the business (other than people they live with).

It also prohibits people from using any of the following City property including playgrounds and other structures in parks, leash-free dog parks, picnic shelters, outdoor sports facilities and outdoor fitness equipment, including sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, recreation centres and surrounding lands and parking lots.

The City is committed to keeping Brampton residents informed and will continue to provide updates on the City’s response to COVID-19 as they become available.

For more information on the above decisions and the City’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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