At a November 12 conference, Mayor Patrick Brown and Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, further emphasized the importance of avoiding social gatherings in Brampton, particularly for upcoming Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas celebrations.
This year, Diwali falls on November 14 and will look a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions in Brampton.
“In our efforts to combat this pandemic, I want to start off first by talking about an upcoming event that I know I’ve got a lot of concern over, as does our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh,” said Brown.
“This is a large event that usually causes families to celebrate. It’s a moment of joy and celebration, but this year, we’re asking everyone, pleading with everyone, to make sure that we only have these celebrations within the confines of our own homes.”
Brown further emphasized his concern after a spike in COVID-19 cases was seen after Thanksgiving weekend.
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“We’re starting to see a Halloween spike,” said Brown, adding that these significant events can cause a spike in the numbers, even if just a few people have gatherings.
“Given the fact we’re already seeing a spike in the second wave in Peel, we can’t afford additional pressure on our health care system.”
In a recent conference, Brampton City Councillor, Harkirat Singh, expressed his understanding of Diwali being a special time for many people in the community and emphasized the fact that he wants them to enjoy it while keeping their health a top priority.
“We all need to do our part and follow the recommendations of our Public Health officials and celebrate Diwali with those in our immediate household only,” said Singh at the conference.
“This year, more than ever, we have to get a little creative with how we can celebrate and connect with each other.”
Brown concluded his announcement today by emphasizing the importance of stepping up in the fight against COVID-19 and reminded the public that bylaw officers will be out to ensure that there are no social gatherings happening this upcoming weekend.
“I’m going to underline that the situation is too precarious right now and we’re asking everyone to not have Diwali or Bandi Chhor Divas social gatherings.”
For more information on how to celebrate Diwali safely and virtually in Brampton this year, click here.