Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced that effective today, unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events in Brampton and across Peel Region have been lowered to ten people indoors and 25 people outdoors to contain the spread of COVID-19. This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

To help protect the health and safety of residents and support the Government of Ontario and Region of Peel’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Brampton City Council has also extended the expiry of the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law and the Brampton COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings By-law to January 31, 2021.

Under the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law, individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.

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

“The City of Brampton will continue to take any steps necessary to protect our community. I urge residents to please practice physical distancing, abide by the new social gathering limits and follow the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law and Mandatory Face Coverings By-law. We must all work together to keep Brampton safe and curb the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Patrick Brown in a media release.

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