City of Brampton COVID-19 response update: Special Council Meeting outcomes

Written by Ragini Joshi

Published on : March 26, 2020 10:19

City of Brampton COVID-19 response update: Special Council Meeting outcomes

BRAMPTON, ON (March 25, 2020) – At its Special Council Meeting today, Brampton City Council ratified decisions on significant changes to services and programming in response to COVID-19.

Highlights of the meeting include: the City of Brampton declaring a State of Emergency, free Brampton Transit fares, a change to Brampton Transit service and new boarding and riding practices, the ability for residents to defer taxes without interest or late fees for five months, and a discussion on the importance of promoting social distancing city-wide.

State of Emergency
On March 24, following consultation with City Council and on the recommendation of the City’s Emergency Management Team, Mayor Patrick Brown declared a State of Emergency in the City of Brampton in accordance with the City’s Emergency Management Plan.

This is a significant step in supporting the Province of Ontario’s and Region of Peel’s efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Declaring an emergency provides exceptional means to deal with extraordinary situations and may open the way to additional resources, including supplies and services. This declaration helps the City’s ongoing emergency response efforts by allowing more flexibility and speed as we take action to help prevent the impacts of COVID-19.

Brampton Transit Updates
Effective Saturday, March 21, fare payment is not required and customers will only be able to board through the rear doors of buses until further notice. Customers with accessibility needs who require the use of the ramp may continue to use the front doors.

There will be enhanced Saturday Service Monday to Friday. Details can be found here. Saturday and Sunday service will continue on their regular schedules. Brampton Transit administrative offices at 185 Clark Boulevard and 130 Sandalwood Parkway West are closed to the public.

A variety of additional safety measures were implemented March 23 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. More on these measures can be found here.

Property Tax Deferral
The City of Brampton has waived the interest and late fees on tax payments for the five-month period of March 18 to August 19, 2020 in response to COVID-19. This means that the City of Brampton allows residents the ability to choose to make the outstanding interim tax payments by August 19, 2020 without incurring penalty and interest.

Payments will continue to be accepted and processed by the City. Payments can be made at financial institutions, through online banking or dropped off at the drop box located at City Hall lobby adjacent to the parking garage elevator. For more information, read the City’s Tax Payment FAQs.

Enforcing Social Distancing
Recognizing the critical role that social distancing and physical separation plays in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Council requested that staff prepare regulation to support enforcement of social distancing and physical separation measures during the COVID-19 emergency.

New regulation being explored includes, but is not limited to: requiring a 2.0 metre separation distance between persons, other than immediate family members with whom a person resides; and limitations and/or restrictions on the use of public playgrounds.