City of Brampton enacts by-law to enforce physical distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19 with fines up to $100,000 for each offence

Written by Ragini Joshi

Published on : April 2, 2020 10:23




City of Brampton enacts by-law to enforce physical distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19 with fines up to $100,000 for each offence

Today, Mayor Patrick Brown signed the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law to help protect the health and safety of residents. City Council directed staff to explore enhanced by-law enforcement at a Special Meeting of Council on March 25, 2020. The new by-law prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.

Municipal regulations under the by-law include:

Prohibiting people from maintaining less than a 2.0 metre distance from one another on any public property (other than people they live with);
Prohibiting businesses to permit people to be seated or to be standing less than 2.0 metres apart whether inside or outside the business (other than people they live with);
Prohibiting people from using any of the following City property:
playgrounds and other structures in parks;
leash-free dog parks;
picnic shelters;
outdoor sports facilities and outdoor fitness equipment, including sports fields, basketball and tennis courts;
recreation centres and surrounding lands; and
parking lots.

Quotes
“The health and safety of our residents is always a priority at the City of Brampton, but especially now. We must all understand the seriousness of COVID-19 and work together to minimize its spread. The City will continue to enact any measures necessary to keep our community safe. I ask all residents to adhere to the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law, and maintain physical distancing at all times.”
– Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Through enforcement, the Brampton COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law will allow staff to promote physical distancing across our community in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The City will continue to take any steps necessary to protect the health and safety of staff and residents.”
– David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton