Brampton is ready to reopen when capacity limits increase for businesses, restaurants, bars and gyms

By Ryan Rumbolt

Published on February 16, 2022 at 10:54 am

Restaurants, gyms, bars and businesses in Brampton are gearing up to reopen as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted on Thursday (February 17).

On Thursday, capacity limits will be lifted in indoor settings like restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers.

Capacity limits at Brampton’s recreation centers will also be lifted, but a 50% cap will still be in place for spectator seating at recreation facilities.

Although pre-registration for recreation center activities is not required, the city recommends that visitors purchase their services prior to their visit online or by calling 3-1-1.

“Because you have been vaccinated and you prioritize the health and safety of our communications, we are getting back to normal,” Coun said. Martin Medeiros, who is also the chair of the city’s reopening and recovery task force. “Please continue to support the Brampton Local at this time as we get through this together.”

Mayor Patrick Brown said he is confident the city will experience a ‘safe and responsible reopening’ and that Brampton will be able to resume festivals and live events in the spring and summer ‘unless there is a surprise”.

“But all indicators suggest we’re going to get back to normal and I know the sacrifice Bramptonians have made is why we’ve come to this position,” the mayor said.

Starting February 22, Service Brampton locations will reopen for walk-in visits and Brampton City Hall will reopen from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for residents to access services from the town.

Appointments will no longer be necessary, but you can still book service times by visiting www.brampton.ca/skiptheline.

Brown said the number of COVID-19 patients at Brampton Civic Hospital has fallen again this week, indicating there were 21 COVID-19 patients at Brampton Civic on Wednesday morning, down from 38 patients last week and some 110 patients three weeks ago.

Premier Doug Ford on Monday announced the easing of pandemic restrictions, including an increase in social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

And starting March 1, the province will also remove proof of vaccination requirements for restaurants, bars and other indoor venues without having to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

While Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health, said Brampton “sees the resolution of the omicron wave”, the province’s announcement about the lifting of vaccination proof requirements gave him a ” pause “.

He said proof of vaccination acts as a layer of protection not only for those vaccinated, but also for people “who are not vaccinated and cannot always hide or be protected in these settings”.

“But beyond that, the message is still the same – get vaccinated and boost regardless of what changes,” Loh said Wednesday, adding that “if you’re unvaccinated and uninfected, this virus is still as new to you today as it was”. in January 2020 and there is a possibility of possible uncertain and catastrophic results.

“So the message is the same – get vaccinated,” Loh said.

Peel Public Health vaccination clinics are accepting walk-in visits vaccination appointment, or you can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment via the provincial vaccine reservation portal.

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