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Everything you need to know about Brampton being in COVID-19 “red zone”

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Everything you need to know about Brampton being in COVID-19 “red zone”

The Region of Peel recently entered the ‘Red-Control’ level as part of the Ontario government’s framework in the fight against COVID-19.

In addition to the province’s restrictions, Peel Public Health also announced additional measures and restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

While Ontario’s “Red-Control” level still permits indoor dining, only a maximum of 10 people per establishment are allowed. Outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through and delivery options will still be available.

In terms of social gatherings and organized public events, limits remain a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Effective today (November 9), the following restrictions will be in place in the Region of Peel, including Brampton.

Social gatherings, the celebration of holidays and life events in business establishments will not be permitted, starting at 12:01 am on November 13, 2020.

Wedding receptions and associated gatherings are not allowed, starting at 12:01 am November 13, until at least January 7, 2021.

Religious services, rites or ceremonies should be virtual when possible. In-person religious events, including weddings and funerals, must reduce indoor capacity to 30% capacity to a maximum 50 people per facility and seat households and essential supports together at least 2 metres from other groups.

Bars, restaurants and other food establishments must restrict seating to people from the same household or their essential supports with no mixed seating permitted.

Workplaces must prohibit all non-essential visitors and make work-from-home options available, as much as possible.

Gyms and fitness centres must make sure there is pre-registration for all fitness class participants and ensure they provide accurate contact information to help with contact tracing should there be an exposure. No walk-in participation is allowed.

Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, must close.

Residents of Peel must restrict their contact to members of their household and essential supports only and should not visit any other household or allow visitors except for emergency reasons and with proper precautions.

Those that live alone may join one designated household.

These measures will remain in effect until further notice and will be re-evaluated every 14 days by Peel Public Health.

Effective today (November 7, 2020), at select locations and by appointment only, Brampton recreation facilities will be reintroducing the use of fitness cardio and weight areas.

Group fitness classes remain suspended. Residents can view reservation timeslots and schedule their visit online or book a reservation by calling 311.

Under the Mandatory Face Coverings By-law, non-medical masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton.

Public establishments and businesses are required to ensure that masks or face coverings are worn in indoor public spaces under their control.

The by-law exempts certain individuals, including those who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to medical reasons, children under the age of two and individuals engaged in an athletic activity in accordance with the Emergency Orders.

Residents and businesses can call 311 to report non-compliance.

Individuals can seek testing at locations across Peel including pharmacies, assessment centres and additional clinics. All testing is now by appointment only.

For a list of COVID-19 testing locations in Peel and Brampton, visit the province’s website.

William Osler Health System (Osler) offers online and phone booking to anyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 test.

Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centre in Brampton at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily and appointments are booked based on availability.

Osler’s COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic continue to see patients who meet the COVID-19 testing criteria, as well as those who have symptoms and want to see a doctor, on a walk-in basis.

The Clinic has recently expanded its hours of operation and is now open daily, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. No appointment is needed.

For more information on Brampton’s Drive-Thru Testing Centre and COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic at Peel Memorial Centre visit www.williamoslerhs.ca/coronavirus.

Both Snelgrove Community Centre, located at 11692 Hurontario Street and Gore Meadows Community Centre, located at 10150 The Gore Road prioritize testing for residents who live near each clinic location.

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