Update from Peel Public Health
Peel Region Public Health has reported 63 cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the Peel Region as of today. There are currently 22 confirmed cases in Brampton. More information is always available here: https://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/
Brampton Transit Driver diagnosed with COVID-19
This driver was active on March 10-13 on routes 11, 51, 53, and 57. Get more information here.
Brampton Transit is free right now
Brampton Transit has waived fares for the time being. There are strict rules being followed for cleaning and santitization as well as seating distances and bus load numbers. You can learn all the details here.
Canada Post not guaranteeing parcel delivery times
In the wake of the situation, Canada Post has suspended its normal delivery parcel service guarantees. In an open letter to the public, President and CEO Doug Ettinger stated that the safety of all Canada Post employees comes first and that post offices will remain open but may have temporary hours along with specific conditions. Be sure to follow any signs and instructions when at the post office.
DriveTest Centres closed until further notice
In a statement from the Ministry of Transportation, all DriveTest Centres in Ontario will be closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The decision to close all centres was made in agreement with the government and service providers. Fortunately, Ontario citizens will not lose their current driver licenses and no driver license applicants will lose test fees.
City of Brampton property taxes deferred
The City of Brampton will also defer property tax payments for five months without interest or late fees from March 18 to August 19. Mayor Patrick Brown says this is the right decision for the city to make in order to help all Brampton residents.
Grocery store employees getting raises
Loblaw, Metro and Sobeys are all increasing wages in one form or another for their employees. This is due to the risk of infection they have in working with so much of the public. The stores also all need more employees due to increased demand and hope to win some new ones with increased wages.
Are you worried you have COVID-19 or that you might be at risk? Take this self-assessment from the government of Ontario here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
Read about the new Peel Memorial COVID-19 assessment centre, including symptoms and criteria for using it, here.
For further information on COVID-19, visit www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
To see current City of Brampton updates and FAQs on services and facility and programming closures, please visit www.brampton.ca/covid19.