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Everything you need to know about Stage 3 in Brampton –




On July 29, the province announced that both Toronto and Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) will move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. 

The Ontario government says the decision, made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, is based on lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

Other parts of the province entered the third stage of the province’s reopening plan on July 17 and 24, 2020.

This announcement is a result of the progress our community has made over the last month and demonstrates the ongoing hard work and dedication of our residents, businesses, frontline employees and healthcare professionals in keeping each other safe,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

As we move into Stage 3 of the provincial reopening this Friday, I remind everyone that we must keep up our efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We must remain committed to following Peel Public Health’s safety guidelines so that we can continue to move forward in our reopening and recovery together.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Stage 3 in Brampton. 

All City playgrounds, play structures and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen on Friday, July 31. Signage will be posted in parks to advise residents to practise proper health and safety measures. 

Outdoor sports fields are now open to leagues for gameplay, in accordance with the Province’s Return to Play guidelines.

Beginning on August 10, canoe and kayak rentals will be available at Professor’s Lake. 

Beginning the week of August 10, Brampton will reintroduce an extended offering of Fitness in the Park, a free outdoor fitness program that will be offered on a drop-in basis.

This program encourages residents to engage in safe, open-air fitness activities during the warmer months and in areas where physical distancing is possible for large groups.

Days, locations, and timeslots have been expanded for increased capacity. Program offerings will include Boot Camp, Meditation, and Zumba(tm). A full schedule will be available here.

After Labour Day, indoor pools, fitness amenities, and limited drop-in programs (by reservation only) will reopen for public use.

Public swims, lane swims, aquafit, and aqua therapy will be available at select indoor swimming pools by reservation only.

Drop-in programs will include Arts, Sports, Dance (Recital & Non Recital), STEM, and Skating. Fitness amenities will reopen for drop-in cardio and weight room use. More information on all programs and services beginning after Labour Day, including how to register, will be made available here.

All recreation centres remain closed to the public for walk-in use at this time. 

All City festivals, events, performances and community event permits for events at City facilities and performing arts centres, including The Rose, will remain cancelled until Labour Day on September 7, 2020, inclusive.

New holds may now be placed for curbside pickup at select library branches with a valid library card.

Residents are invited to reserve materials online and select from a list of five library branches that are active in delivering this service. 

Strict physical distancing measures will be in place at Brampton parks and indoor facilities as they reopen.

A distance of 2.0 metres must be maintained at all times from anyone a resident does not live with. 

As part of Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted with physical distancing.

Those not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and a maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. Residents can still call 311 to report non-compliance. 

Effective July 10, 2020, non-medical masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton.

Brampton City Council passed the Brampton COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings By-law following the advice of Peel Public Health, which will remain in effect until October 1, 2020. 

From May 5 to June 14, 2020, the City conducted a survey for residents asking how they would like to access services and programming.

A total of 4,500 responses were received.

Key highlights indicate that 87% of respondents preferred an approach to reopening of City facilities that prioritized public safety, even if that meant delays.

Additionally, it indicated that 88% of respondents agreed that the City should work to make as many services as possible available online and 82% of respondents preferred accessing City services online or by phone.

The City of Brampton is working closely with its partners at Peel Public Health and the Brampton Emergency Management Office to continue to monitor risks.

Click here for regular updates and call 311 to reach the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel at any time.


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Hospitality workers urge Ottawa to put employees first in any COVID-19 related bailout –



Canada’s hard-hit hospitality industry is asking for more help from government to survive the economic impact of COVID-19. But even as hotel owners are seeking more aid from Ottawa, some workers say they’re not making good use of relief programs already out there.

Hotel workers staged demonstrations in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver this week, to draw attention to the plight of an industry that has been hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic.

Hotel bookings are down by 90 per cent in some cases, which has created a drastic drop in demand for workers.

The industry was effectively shut down just as many others were in the early days of the pandemic. The Hotel Association of Canada says most hotels did their best to maintain staffing levels, hoping for a return of paying customers.

Some took advantage of an emergency government program known as the Canada emergency wage susidy, or CEWS, which paid up to 75 per cent of an employee’s salary, as long as they remained on the payroll.

Room attendant Leonora Mulholland lost her job at a downtown Toronto hotel in March when the pandemic struck, but she says her employer eventually brought her back on once CEWS began.

But it didn’t last long. She was laid off again in August.

After 21 years working for the same hotel, she questions why her loyalty wasn’t reciprocated by her employer.

WATCH | Hotel worker Leonora Mulholland explains what workers want:

Leonora Mulholland, a laid-off hotel room attendant from Toronto, says the federal government should work with employers so they’re able to benefit from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and workers are put first. 0:50

Mulholland was one of about two dozen hospitality workers at a physically distanced demonstration in Toronto this week asking the government to step in and force hotels to use the wage subsidy to hire back like her back.

“I feel insecure,” she said. “Who knows what’s going to happen? How long this pandemic is going to be? We don’t know.”

Susie Grynol, president and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada, says the industry is sympathetic to the plight of workers, but the industry shut itself down in the interest of public health, which is why the sector needs the government to step up with more support so that hotels can survive long enough to keep employing their workers long term.

“It’s put our industry on life support,” she said in an interview. “We missed the summer season. We’re heading into the off season and we’re not projected to recover until next summer, which means we’re not even halfway through this.”

Many hotels took advantage of CEWS, but recent changes mean the government now pays only about two thirds of the payroll costs, leaving hotels with next to no revenue on the hook for paying one third of the salaries for workers they don’t need.

Shelli Sareen of Unite Here, a union that represents more than 300,000 workers across North America, primarily in the hospitality sector, said industry relief must reach workers, not just hotel owners. (Jacqueline Hansen/CBC)

“The changes to the wage subsidy program has meant that we can’t keep on every employee that we had previously,” Grynol said. “That means that some of our inactive workers are now going to be laid off permanently.”

In the recent throne speech, the government gave a vague promise of more help coming for the industry, but was short on details.

Grynol says the industry is asking Ottawa to roll back CEWS to its original terms and help the industry secure access to credit because loans from banks are drying up. And, if possible, they would love some help on fixed cost items such as property taxes. 

“We’re hoping that we are going to see some support from government so that we can stabilize and ultimately bring back all of our employees,” she said.

Leonora Mulholland has worked at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel for more than two decades, but was laid off in August. ‘Who knows what’s going to happen?” she said. (Jacqueline Hansen/CBC)

The organizers of this week’s demonstrations say they agree that the industry needs more targeted help, but they’re wary of that help coming as a bailout for hotel operators that may do little to help the rank and file.

“Our concern is that any sector relief that’s provided to the industry would go straight to the pockets of the multimillion dollar corporations or the owners of the hotels,” said Shelli Sareen, secretary treasurer of Unite Here, a labour union representing 300,000 workers across the U.S. and Canada.

A blank cheque without accountability, “won’t benefit our members or the hospitality workers [and] frontline workers that have been most heavily impacted by the pandemic,” Sareen said.

Mulholland knows that the hotels themselves must be feeling the pain as well. But whatever the plan to help the industry is, she hopes the workers on the bottom like her get remembered along with the owners at the top.

“When they apply, the employers should put the workers first,” she said. “Not just apply, get the money, and keep it to themselves.”

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Questions remain regarding Alberta's new COVID-19 testing pilot: expert – CBC News



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COVID outbreaks reported at Jasper Park Lodge, Calgary Superstore and long-term care facility – CTV Toronto



Jasper Park Lodge is doing a deep clean of the entire hotel and doing “extensive contact tracing” after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say none of the employees who tested positive have been at the hotel for the past seven days or more.

“Alberta Health Services has confirmed that no hotel guests or visitors have been impacted,” read a statement from the company.

“Health officials advise that risk of transmission is low for those who have not been in close contact with these individuals.”

That is one of six outbreaks announced by the province on Friday.

Two new outbreaks were announced in Calgary, one at Revere Mount Royal Long Term Care Home, where 19 cases are active, and at the Real Canadian Superstore in the 3600 block of Westwinds Drive N.E., which has 11 cases.

Six cases were reported at Abstract Dance Academy in Chestermere, all of which have now recovered, and there are 14 cases at the RCMP detachment in Grande Prairie, which are all active.

And there are 15 active cases at the New Life Pentecostal Church in Lethbridge.

An ongoing outbreak at Foothills hospital in Calgary also saw three more healthcare workers test positive.

The province announced 432 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, which brought the number of active cases in Alberta to 3,651.

Daily and active tallies have set pandemic highs for three and five days straight, respectively.

The bulk of Alberta’s active infections are still in the Edmonton zone with 1,751 cases, but the Calgary zone is closing in on the capital region with 1,307 cases.

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