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News release: December 20, 2020

Statement on holiday gatherings

Brampton, ON. (December 20, 2020) – The holidays are here, and we know some of you are making plans to celebrate in person with family and friends. With the recent approval and first administration of a COVID-19 vaccine, we can understand how it may feel like things are coming to an end and that holiday celebrations may be “okay”. While this is great news and a light at the end of the tunnel, we cannot let our guards down.

We want to be clear. No matter where you live the upcoming holidays are not the time to hold social gatherings in person, inside or outside, with anyone outside your household.

Continue to show your commitment as individuals and as a community by following key guidance from the Province and your local public health unit:

Our collective actions will make a difference in what we experience in January and into the New Year. Together, we can minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, protect our healthcare system, and save lives.

We know it has been a stressful and difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic causing uncertainty and losses in our communities and in all aspects of our lives. We thank you for your resilience and support for each other during these difficult times.

In the true spirit of the season, please keep supporting each other, be kind and stay in this together. As always, please continue to consult your local public health unit for the latest COVID-19 information and guidance.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region
Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health, Halton Region
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, City of Hamilton
Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health (Acting), Niagara Region
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Waterloo

Media contacts

Ashleigh Hawkins
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
416-818-4421

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.