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Downtown Brampton municipal parking garages to reopen

Beginning Thursday, June 25, 2020 the remaining municipal garages in downtown Brampton will reopen for public use.

•            City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West

•            West Tower, 41 George Street South

•            Market Square, 1 Theatre Lane

•            John Street, 16 John Street

Parking will remain complimentary at this time.

With the Provincial government permitting Peel Region to move to Stage 2 of reopening, it is expected that the demand for parking in the downtown core will continue to increase as more businesses reopen. The garages are being reopened to ensure the demand for parking is met and to avoid illegal parking that poses a health and safety risk to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The reopening is in support of business and is not intended for long term use.

Due to COVID -19, continue physical distancing practices where possible when using the garage or parking lot. Please wear masks, especially when physical distancing practices cannot be met.

FAQ

The City of Brampton takes COVID-19 seriously and continues to follow the advice of Peel Public Health. The City has made significant changes to services and programming to help protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

 

Are City parking lots and garages open?

Beginning Thursday, June 25, 2020 the downtown Brampton parking garages will reopen for public use. Due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19, please continue physical distancing practices where possible when using the garages or parking lots.  Wear masks, especially when physical distancing practices cannot be met.

 

Parking will remain complimentary at this time.

 

Why are we doing this?

With the Provincial government permitting Peel Region to move to Stage 2 of reopening, it is expected that the demand for parking in the downtown core will continue to increase as more businesses reopen. The garages are being reopened to ensure the demand for parking is met and to avoid illegal parking that poses a health and safety risk to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Due to COVID -19, continue physical distancing practices where possible when using the garage or parking lot. Please wear masks, especially when physical distancing practices cannot be met.

 

How can I social/physical distance myself when using a parking garage?

The City encourages all who utilizing the parking facilities to continue physical distancing practices when using the garages or parking lots. Having members of the public park in the garage structures, it forces vehicles to park door to door, which can lead to people being in closer proximity of one another. To minimize the number of garage user interactions, strategic parking stalls have been marked off to limit the capacity of vehicles in the garages. The City recommends that residents avoid parking directly next to other vehicles where possible and avoid getting in and/or out of vehicles until a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet) from other users can be achieved. Please wear masks, especially when physical distancing practices cannot be met.

 

I need to attend a location in downtown Brampton, where can I park?

The City encourages you to park at one of the open parking facilities or on the street. The City will not be charging for approved parking locations. Enforcement Officers will not ticket street-parked vehicles unless it is a safety issue or a vehicle is interfering with normal traffic flow. All City owned and operated parking facilities in the downtown are now open for use.

 

I pay for a parking pass, can I get a refund since I cannot use the garages?

This is currently under review. When a decision is made, it will be communicated to all pass holders.

 

 

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Brampton Farmers’ Market will open in downtown Brampton with safety measures starting June 27

BRAMPTON, ON (June 19, 2020) – The highly anticipated Brampton Farmers’ Market is back for another season, with safety measures in response to COVID-19.

The Market will operate on Saturdays from June 27 until October 24, 2020, from 8 AM to 1 PM in downtown Brampton. The market’s new starting time will allow for safe setup on the street for shopping.

Many of your favourite farmers and vendors will be back to sell fresh local produce and prepared packaged food. Artisan crafts and food prepared on site will not be available. Community health and safety is the City’s top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, and safety measures will be in place.

With guidance from Peel Public Health, the City of Brampton will implement the following safety measures:

• All vendors and customers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while at the market
• Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the market
• A defined number of visitors will be admitted to the market area at any one time
• There will be only one entrance and one exit to each of the market areas

The City recommends that only one person per household attends the market this season.

The City urges customers to maintain physical distancing while at the market. This means staying two metres (six feet) away from others at all times, unless they are a part of your ten person social circle, under the province’s emergency orders. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited under the Province’s emergency orders. Customers are also reminded to carry their own personal disinfectant, such as hand sanitizer or wipes, wash their hands often and refrain from touching their face.

To help make shopping as efficient as possible, a map of vendors will be available online at www.brampton.ca/markets and on site on market days.

The Brampton Farmers’ Market is generously sponsored by Algoma University this year.

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. Visit www.brampton.ca/covid19 for regular updates.

Quotes

“We are very excited to announce that the Brampton Farmers’ Market, a longtime fixture in the downtown core of our city, will open for the season on June 27! I encourage you to enjoy and shop the market while wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and maintaining good hygiene. I look forward to welcoming you back to the market this year.”

– Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“The Brampton Farmers’ Market is a tradition in our community, and I look forward to seeing it come alive this year. Many incredible vendors will be on site and I encourage everyone to support these businesses. Be sure to follow the safety measures in place to ensure the best experience possible for everyone.”

– Gurpreet Dhillon, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10, City of Brampton; Chair, Economic Development and Culture

“As the Brampton Farmers’ Market opens for the season, community health and safety is our top priority. Enjoy the market, shop to your heart’s content, and follow the safety measures. Together, we can stay healthy, safe and happy throughout market season.”

– Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, City of Brampton; Vice-Chair, Economic Development and Culture

“The City takes community health and safety very seriously, especially during COVID-19. We are opening the Brampton Farmers’ Market with guidance from Peel Public Health, and we urge everyone to follow the safety measures in place.”

– David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“The Brampton Farmers’ Market is a staple in downtown Brampton, and I am very happy to hear this fantastic news. A range of downtown Brampton businesses are vendors this year, and I encourage residents and visitors to shop local, stay safe, and support our great city and downtown.”

– Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA

“The Brampton Farmers’ Market is a tradition that my business is always happy to be a part of. It’s important now more than ever that visitors shop local. This year, I will be at the market selling pastries, bread and schnitzel sandwiches. Please practise physical distancing and good hygiene, so we can all stay safe and enjoy the market.”

– Vera Krasavac, Owner, Queen Gypsy

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As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to 650,000 people and 70,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything we do. We are energized by our diverse communities, we attract investment, and we are embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. We partner for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.

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Christine Sharma
Media Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.2880 | christine.sharma@brampton.ca

City of Brampton will allow restaurants and bars to expand outdoor spaces to support economic recovery when reopening permitted

City of Brampton will allow restaurants and bars to expand outdoor spaces to support economic recovery when reopening permitted

BRAMPTON, ON (June 15, 2020) – Last week, Brampton City Council approved plans to support local restaurants and bars as they prepare for their eventual reopening when permitted by the Province. Regional Councillor Pat Fortini brought forward a motion to Council requesting that local restaurants and bars be allowed to expand outdoor spaces to spur business recovery, after speaking with local restaurants Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill and Oscar’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill. The motion was passed unanimously by Council. Restaurants and bars in Brampton will be allowed to expand their patios onto sidewalks and private parking areas to accommodate more outdoor seating space, once permission is received from the Province to reopen outdoor dine-in services.

At this time, the Ontario Government has not permitted restaurants, bars and other establishments in the Region of Peel to reopen. Outdoor patio and sidewalk permit fees will also be waived for 2020 to help local restaurants and small businesses in their recovery. As planning for the City’s safe and gradual reopening continues, Council and staff will work closely with restaurants and businesses to identify ways to expand low-risk operations while adhering to public health’s guidelines and physical distancing rules. Economic Recovery Strategy Local businesses play a key role in Brampton’s economy. Last month, Brampton City Council approved Brampton’s Economic Recovery Strategy, which includes actions to support small businesses, restaurants and tourism. As part of this, the City launched its “Support Local” campaign encouraging residents to explore, select and buy local during COVID-19 and beyond.

 

Quotes

“We are committed to working closely with our local businesses on helpful solutions as they make the necessary adjustments to safely reopen. My family has been enjoying our local restaurants every Takeout Wednesday and I am very much looking forward to dining in outdoors and continuing to support local once it is permitted and safe to so.”

-Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“We have heard firsthand from our local restaurants how hard they’ve been hit as a result of COVID-19. As work continues on our gradual reopening, we will look at all avenues to help support our local businesses’ full and safe recovery.”

-Gurpreet Dhillon, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10; Chair, Economic Development and Culture; City of Brampton

“The welfare of Brampton’s small businesses is top of mind for us. Allowing businesses to plan for these changes to their outdoor spaces now, will help ensure they are ready to go when we receive the green light from the Province and Peel Public Health.”

– Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Vice-Chair, Economic Development and Culture; City of Brampton City of Brampton

“Our staff and Council have listened to the needs of our local businesses and stakeholders and we are taking action where possible to help support them in their reopening. As a City, our role is to support our community’s collective recovery and safety and I know the expansion of outdoor spaces will help do just that.”

-David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“The Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association applauds the City of Brampton in passing a motion to open outdoor patios and in allowing expansion of these areas. Restaurants have been hurting and this allows a gradual progression to create trust with consumers to visit their operations for the flavoursome food being offered”

– Tony Elenis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA)

“As a long-time established and anchor business in downtown Brampton, we are so grateful for the support our community and the City have shown us during these very difficult times. These changes announced by the City will allow us to accommodate more of our valued and missed customers in the safest way possible once we are allowed to reopen. I look forward to seeing everyone on our patio as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

-Sabena Coulter, Owner, Fanzorelli’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

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As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to 650,000 people and 70,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything we do. We are energized by our diverse communities, we attract investment, and we are embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. We partner for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.

MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Senior Advisor, Public Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca

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