City of Brampton taking additional health and safety measures against COVID-19 – City Hall and facilities closed, events and programming cancelled

BRAMPTON, ON (March 13, 2020) – Following today’s Peel Public Health announcement on additional COVID-19 Precautions to Protect Peel, the City of Brampton has made significant changes to services and programming to help protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
City-Run Events
All City-run events taking place between March 14 and April 5 are cancelled. All community events taking place in City facilities will also be cancelled during this period.
Recreation Programming and March Break Camps
Effective Monday, March 16, March Break programming is cancelled. Additionally, Recreation programming is cancelled from March 16 to April 5. Full refunds will be provided. Please contact recconnects@brampton.ca for more information.
City Facility Closures
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all City facilities including City Hall, Recreation and Community Centres, Performing Arts Venues, and Brampton Library branches will close from March 16 to April 5 inclusive.
Council Meetings
Effective March 16 to April 5 inclusive, all City Council, Committee of Council and Committee of Adjustment meetings are cancelled.
The Rose Brampton
Effective March 16 to April 5, 2020, all events scheduled at City of Brampton Performing Arts Venues, including The Rose Brampton, are cancelled or postponed. Performing Arts venues are closed to the public until April 5, 2020.
For more information, please contact The Rose Brampton’s Box Office during operating hours (Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM) at 905 874 2800 ext. 62803 and 62804, or email boxoffice@brampton.ca.
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Critical Services
All critical services, including Fire and Emergency Services, Brampton Transit, Traffic Services, By-Law Enforcement, Road Operations, Security Services, Animal Services and POA Courts will continue to operate as usual to support our community.
To help protect the health of our employees and residents, the City has increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces and seats in buses, facilities and terminals.
Emergency Operations Centre – City of Brampton Emergency Response Plan Activated
The City of Brampton continues to follow the advice of Peel Public Health. While the City has not declared an official emergency on COVID-19, Brampton’s Emergency Management Office has activated the City of Brampton Emergency Response Plan at a Level 2. This decision enables a more rapid response to dedicating specific resources to prevention and containment.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre – Peel Memorial
William Osler Health System has opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness to screen and assess people in our community who are experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19. The Osler Assessment Centre is not a walk-in clinic. Assessment Centre Hours are from 2 pm to 8 pm, seven days a week. This facility is located in a self-contained area at Peel Memorial and does not impact other patients who are attending the Urgent Care Centre or outpatient services at the site. Osler continues to be a safe place to receive care.
For attendance at City events and programming, individuals are encouraged to follow Peel Public Health’s recommended hygiene practices:
 If you have been asked to self-monitor, please follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
 Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
 Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
 Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
 Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
 Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body’s immune system.
 Get a flu shot. You are more likely to contract influenza than COVID-19 and being sick lowers your immunity to other germs.
 If you need to self-isolate, please follow the advice from your healthcare provider.
The City of Brampton takes COVID-19 seriously and continues to follow the advice of Peel Public Health. The most up to date information is available at www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus.

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