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Find the perfect gift while supporting local Downtown Brampton Businesses this Holiday Season

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

 

Brampton, ON…The Downtown Brampton BIA is encouraging everyone to support local Downtown Brampton businesses via shopping online, curb side pick up, take-out and/or delivery this holiday season!

To make your holiday shopping extra fun, the Downtown Brampton BIA has created a holiday shopping contest for all! This contest is geared towards our many downtown loyal customers who are continually supporting Brampton’s main street!  To enter, simply shop at five (5) stores in Downtown Brampton and send a picture of your receipts to downtownbia@brampton.ca and receive $10 Downtown Dollars. Send us 10 receipts and you will receive $25 Downtown Dollars! You will also be automatically entered to win one of three (3) weekly Downtown Holiday Gift Baskets! The first draw will be Friday, December 4, 2020.

 

No time to shop? Let the Downtown Brampton BIA take care of the delivery for free! Offered two (2) days a week, be sure to ask your favourite downtown retailer and/or professional service provider for more details.

 

Now is the chance to support local and find the perfect gift to put under the Christmas tree! From fashion & accessories to skin care products, essential oils and unique specialty retail the businesses of Downtown Brampton have the perfect gift for you or that special someone.

 

The Downtown Brampton BIA is also excited to also announce that InBrampton will also be launching two (2) Facebook contests to help promote shopping in Downtown Brampton. Winners will receive $50 Downtown Dollars that they can use at their favourite Downtown Brampton business.  Make sure to check out InBrampton’s Facebook page for a chance to win! The contests will run from November 25th, 2020 – December 2nd, 2020 and December 9th, 2020 – December 16th, 2020.

 

Now is the time to remember to make a conscious choice to support local, by supporting our small independent restaurants and retailers you are supporting local jobs and our local community.  It is our main streets that make up our unique neighbours all over the world and in your community, Brampton’s downtown!

 

The businesses of Downtown Brampton need your help, so always try to shop local!  Buying a gift card, ordering takeout and shopping online are just a few ways you can help support local downtown business community.  And remember …….We are truly Stronger Together!

 

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanza!

 

As we all have special celebrations this month and we want to make sure the businesses of Downtown Brampton can help you and your family enjoy your special occasion together in a Covid-19 friendly fashion.

 

Happy Holidays from the 300+ businesses in Downtown Brampton.

 

Stronger TOGETHER! Downtown Brampton

 

For more information visit https://downtownbramptonbia.ca/

 

Media Contact:

Alexander Philip | Marketing & Communications Specialist

(437)-994-5163| alex.philip@brampton.ca

 

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Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants

The Ontario government is helping local restaurants by introducing new legislation that would protect them from high delivery fees. The Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, would cap fees charged by food delivery companies in areas where indoor dining is prohibited to help more small and independent restaurants stay in business.

Currently, fees placed on restaurants by food delivery companies can reach as high as 30% in Ontario. After working with the sector, Minister Sarkaria said restaurants should expect a cap of 15% for delivery fees, similar to what has been put in place in New York City, with an overall cap of 20% inclusive of all fees. This approach aims to ensure that delivery drivers’ pay would be protected and delivery apps would not reduce service areas or restaurant selection.

If passed, the legislation the government intends to introduce today by Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and the regulation under it would:

  • Cap the rates charged by food delivery service companies and apps in areas where indoor dining is prohibited.
  • Permit fines of up to $10 million to food delivery service companies that do not comply with the law.
  • Provide food delivery service company employees or contractors who perform delivery services with protection that their compensation will not be affected by these changes.

“Ontario’s small and independent restaurants have shouldered an outsized share of COVID-19’s economic burdens,” said Minister Sarkaria. “But through it all, they’ve continued to serve our communities, our families and have lifted our spirits. With this legislation, our government is helping local businesses stay in business, and providing a solution that will help our local restaurants when every little bit helps.”

To provide additional relief to local restaurants and other businesses required to close or significantly restrict services in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown, Ontario has announced $600 million to help with them fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills. The government is also supporting small businesses and restaurants through its Main Street Recovery Plan by:

  • Committing to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order before the existing regulation expires;
  • Offering the $60-million Main Street Relief Grant that provides up to $1,000 to help eligible small businesses with the cost of PPE;
  • Permanently allowing delivery companies to provide deliveries 24/7, providing needed flexibility;
  • Helping nearly 23,000 small businesses grow online with $2,500 grants through Digital Main Street; and
  • Offering free financial advice and online training to help small businesses make informed decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the pandemic.

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Ontario Taking Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

ORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province is moving certain public health unit regions to new levels in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, which includes moving Toronto and Peel into Lockdown. These necessary measures are being taken to limit community transmission of COVID-19 in order to keep schools open, safeguard health system capacity, and protect the province’s most vulnerable populations.

 

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province,” said Premier Ford. “We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into Lockdown level restrictions and other regions into higher levels of restrictions. We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

Over the past week, some regions under the Red-Control level have continued to see worsening trends in key indicators, despite having a range of public health measures and restrictions in place since early October. Based on the latest data, the government intends to move Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This action is being taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19, while prioritizing the continued opening of schools, child care centres and other key services to the fullest extent possible.

Measures under Lockdown include, but are not limited to:

  • Schools, before and after school programs, and child care will remain open;
  • Post-secondary schools open for virtual learning with some limited exceptions for training that can only be provided in-person, such as clinical training or training related to a trade;
  • No indoor organized public events or social gatherings except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other person;
  • Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people;
  • Wedding services, funeral services and religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained can have up to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors;
  • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only, with certain exceptions such as for supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big box retailers selling groceries, beer, wine and liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores, which will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited;
  • Personal care services closed;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments closed; and
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities, including pools, closed with limited exceptions.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will continue to provide advice to the government using criteria, including:

  • Epidemiological indicators such as the number and rate of COVID-19 cases and test positivity;
  • Health system capacity indicators including hospital and Intensive Care Unit capacity, access to ventilators and ongoing availability of personal protective equipment;
  • Public health sector capacity, including the number of COVID-19 cases and contacts being reached by local public health officials within one day; and
  • Ongoing testing of suspected COVID-19 cases, especially of vulnerable populations, to detect new outbreaks quickly.

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